James F. Battin Federal Courthouse

James F. Battin Federal Courthouse

CASEY PAGE, Gazette Staff

A Miles City man suspected of possessing and distributing child pornography denied federal charges on Tuesday.

William John Pulse, 50, pleaded not guilty to a two-count indictment charging him with distribution and possession of child porn.

Prosecutor Zeno Baucus said in the indictment that Pulse knowingly distributed and possessed child porn images using a computer from about January 2015 to August 2015. The images he is accused of possessing were of minors under age 12.

The maximum penalty for distribution of child porn is a mandatory minimum five years to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, while possession of child porn carries a maximum 20 years and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy Cavan continued Pulse’s release pending trial. U.S. District Judge Susan Watters will hear the case.

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