Man pleads not guilty to child sexual abuse charge in Craigslist sting

2014-07-14T10:33:00Z 2014-07-15T00:43:06Z Man pleads not guilty to child sexual abuse charge in Craigslist stingBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A man who prosecutors say responded to an undercover agent's Craigslist ad about sex for sale with a fictitious 14-year-old boy pleaded not guilty Monday to sexual abuse of children.

Kenneth Dale Eagle, 26, entered the plea before District Court Judge G. Todd Baugh.

The judge allowed Eagle to remain free from jail on a posted $50,000 bond with several conditions, including that he wear a GPS monitor and not have any contact with minors.

According to charging documents, Eagle responded July 7 to an ad posted on Craigslist by an agent with the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.

The agent reported emailing and texting back and forth with Eagle, who agreed to pay for sex with a 14-year-old boy at a hotel the following day.

Eagle went to the hotel shortly after midnight Wednesday, where officers arrested him, court records say.

According to prosecutors, Eagle admitted to the agent that he responded to the Craigslist ad and that he went to the hotel intending to have sex. But, Eagle denied knowing the sex would be with a child or being willing to pay for sex, charging documents say.

Eagle's trial will be scheduled at a later date.

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