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A Butte man who prosecutors say downloaded online child pornography from a file-sharing network pleaded not guilty in Butte district court Thursday.

J-Cee Felde, 29, is accused of procuring at least 100 images and/or videos that showed children engaged in sexual conduct, actual or simulated. One of the videos involved bestiality or sexual conduct with an animal, according to court documents.

Felde denied the 100 felony counts of sexual abuse of children at his arraignment before Judge Brad Newman.

In January, a Kalispell-based investigator with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force discovered an exchange of several pornographic files while monitoring file-sharing network Ephex, also known as Gnutella.

After several “illegal images” were downloaded to a specific IP address in Butte, the ICAC investigator and an agent with the Department of Homeland Security obtained a subpoena seeking information, court documents state.

Felde was identified as the customer. The agent and ICAC investigator assisted two Butte-Silver Bow police detectives, who searched his home Jan. 27 after obtaining a warrant.

Documents state that law enforcement seized two laptops, secure digital memory cards, phones, and flash drives from Felde’s residence.

During an interview with a police detective, Felde admitted downloading several videos depicting child pornography from the file-sharing network Gnutella, adding that he was uncertain of the number and at least one involved animals.

Felde also admitted to downloading videos the day law enforcement searched his home, court documents state.

On March 1, the Department of Homeland Security agent, who is a forensic examiner, advised the detective that after a search of Felde’s computer equipment, a total of 154 images and videos were found showing children engaged in sexual conduct.

Felde was arrested Jan. 27 and released on $100,000 bond March 9. An omnibus hearing was set for April 21.

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Kathleen J. Bryan covers crime and courts for the Montana Standard. Follow her on Twitter. To send her a news tip, call (406) 496-5519 or email her.

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