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An Anaconda man accused of soliciting a teenage girl and attempting to have sex with her denied the felony charges at his arraignment in Butte district court Thursday.

Robert Leroy Coffey, 32, pleaded not guilty before Judge Kurt Krueger to attempted sexual intercourse without consent and sexual abuse of children.

Coffey was arrested last month in the area of East Middle School after he was caught in a police sting. A Butte-Silver Bow police detective had initiated contact with Coffey after seeing an online posting, and over a two-week period, the two exchanged text messages.

Coffey believed he was interacting with a 14-year-old female. Instead, the detective was posing as the teen. Some of the messages were sexual in nature, police said.

Coffey agreed to meet the person he believed to be the girl in a parking lot near the school. Text messages sent by him showed he believed he had arranged for a sexual encounter with her. When he arrived at the meeting place, Coffey was taken into police custody.

Court documents state Coffey intended to commit the crime by “meeting the victim and bringing a condom.”

Several detective and police officers from the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Department were involved in the operation that was part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Coffey is being held at the county jail on $50,000 bond. An omnibus hearing is set for Nov. 19.

In other action in Butte district court on Thursday:

  • Jana Housel failed to appear at a status hearing before Judge Kurt Krueger, who issued a bench warrant for her arrest. She is facing felony forgery, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charges.

Butte-Silver Bow police found Housel at the Quality Inn in January with credit card receipts, checks and driver’s licenses. She had an outstanding warrant from Ravalli County, and police say she had forged checks in Butte. Several receipts were from the Great Falls area.

  • Monty Ray Cox pleaded guilty to felony DUI, his fourth or subsequent offense, as part of a plea agreement with county prosecutors. Cox admitted drinking at several bars before he was arrested about 1:30 a.m. May 16. Cox is released on his own recognizance and submits to alcohol monitoring. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered with sentencing on an unknown date.
  • Sean Timothy McMullen, 25, pleaded not guilty to felony robbery or robbery by accountability at his arraignment before Judge Brad Newman. He is accused of entering the Motel 6 at 122005 Nissler Road in Rocker, wielding a stick, and taking a cash drawer with less than $200 in the early morning of Sept. 12. He is free on $51,000 bond.

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