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An Anaconda man has entered a plea of not guilty to federal charges of receipt, distribution, and possession of child pornography.

The three-count indictment alleges that Shane Michael Courtney, 49, received child pornography from September 11 to 19, 2016; distributed child pornography from November 21 to 22, 2016; and possessed child pornography from June 2005 through Feb. 28, 2017.

Courtney faces potential jail terms of five to 20 years and fines up to $250,000 on the first two counts and up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the third count as well as lifetime supervised release.

The federal government also moved to seize Courtney's computer equipment through asset forfeiture.

Courtney has been released pending trial, currently scheduled for Dec. 11 in federal District Court in Butte.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Crimes Against Children Task Force.


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