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A 61-year-old man pleaded not guilty in Butte district court on Thursday to a charge of felony child sexual abuse for allegedly filming a 11-year-old girl showering and having child porn on his phone.

Patrick William Shea was arrested on March 29 after police said an 11-year-old girl reported to them that she believed she was being secretly filmed while showering at a home in Butte. 

Police interviewed Shea and obtained a search warrant for his phone where they said they found evidence he had used it to visit child porn websites. Police arrested Shea, who pleaded not guilty at an initial appearance in justice court.

Shea faces up to life in prison if convicted and remains in jail on a $750,000 bond. An omnibus hearing is set for June 15.


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