Federal agent faces child sexual exploitation charges

BILLINGS (AP) — A 48-year-old federal fish and game agent in Montana has pleaded not guilty to charges involving sexual crimes against a child.

Shawn T. Conrad entered the plea Tuesday to sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography charges in U.S. District Court in Billings.

The Billings Gazette reports that Conrad has worked as a special agent with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Billings region, although his current employment status couldn’t be verified. A message on the federal agency’s phone lines says its public affairs office was closed due to the federal government shutdown.

According to the indictment, Conrad coerced or otherwise caused a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct in order to produce an image of the conduct, knowing the image would be transmitted.

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