A Billings man suspected of distributing child pornography denied federal charges last week.

Keith Lee Kugler, 66, pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court on Thursday to a three-count indictment charging him with distribution, receipt and possession of child porn. He also faces a forfeiture count.

The indictment alleges Kugler received and distributed the material using a computer from about June 13, 2013, until Oct. 31, 2013.

If convicted, Kugler faces a minimum mandatory five to 20 years in prison on the distribution and receipt counts and a $250,000 fine. Under the forfeiture count, he could lose to the government a laptop computer, a wireless router and 14 computer storage devices, totaling 196 gigabytes of storage, alleged to have been used to commit the crimes.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Ostby continued Kugler’s release pending trial. The case will be heard by U.S. District Judge Susan Watters.

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Federal court and county reporter for The Billings Gazette.