A 61-year-old Butte man is being held with bond set at $75,000 after an 11-year-old girl told police she thought she was being secretly filmed while showering at a residence.

Police say they arrested Patrick William Shea on Wednesday after interviewing him and finding child pornography websites on his cell phone. He was formally charged and arraigned Wednesday on a felony count of sexual abuse of children and remained jailed Thursday pending bond.

The girl and her mother came to the station Tuesday, and the girl told officers she believed she was being filmed in the shower of a residence. Police declined to name the residence while an investigation continues.

The allegations were given to a female detective with the Sexual Abuse of Children Task Force, and officers obtained a warrant to get Shea’s cell phone. They found the websites had been visited and sent the phone to the state crime lab for further analysis, police said.

Shea was arrested after being interviewed at the police station.

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