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A judge set a new Jan. 30 trial date Thursday for a man accused of secretly filming an 11-year-old girl while she showered at a home in Butte earlier this year.

William Patrick Shea, 62, was scheduled for trial this past October, but his public defender and county prosecutors were in a dispute over discovery matters.

Those have been settled, so District Judge Brad Newman set trial for Jan. 30 and ordered both sides to have all pre-trial motions or a proposed plea deal in by Jan. 18.

Shea has been charged with felony sexual abuse of children and faces up to life in prison if convicted. He has pleaded not guilty.

Shea was arrested March 29 after police said an 11-year-old girl told them she believed she was being secretly filmed while showering. Police interviewed Shea and got a search warrant for his phone, which they said had been used to visit child porn websites.

According to prosecutors, Shea admitted to police that he took a short video of the girl in the shower but said he did not know why.

“Shea said that he watched the video and looked at the picture but then erased it because he knew it was wrong,” the charging document says.

It says he also admitted downloading videos of children with other children and flushing the memory card to his phone down the toilet.

His public defender, Victor Bunitsky, said Thursday that he and the state were close to reaching a plea agreement that could prevent a trial. But Newman set a date anyway, saying Shea had been in jail a long time and the case needed to be resolved.

Shea was returned to jail after the hearing with bond still set at $75,000.

Rail engineer pleads not guilty

A railroad engineer pleaded not guilty to felony theft for allegedly using Burlington Northern Santa Fe credit cards to fill his own vehicles with gasoline for three years.

Prosecutors say Howard H. Galinkin, 48, stole fuel valued at $7,316 at various stations in Butte from June 10, 2012, to Sept. 11, 2015. He was charged with theft by deceptive practices on Nov. 27 and is free on $5,000 bond.

According to the charging document, a BNSF Railway investigator was notified of the internal fuel theft on Sept. 14, 2015.

All fuel for BNSF vehicles is purchased using company credit cards. Galinkin allegedly lifted the cards from company vehicles, used them to steal fuel for personal purposes, then put the cards back before normal working hours.


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