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A Billings woman accused of working with others to sexually exploit children denied federal charges on Tuesday.

During an arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Ostby, Michelle Marie Sipes, 43, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging her with conspiracy to sexually exploit children.

Sipes is accused of working with others to use minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct from 2001 to 2004 in Montana. The indictment provided no other details.

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Ostby ordered Sipes to remain in custody.

If convicted, Sipes faces a minimum mandatory 15 years to 30 years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine.

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Contact Clair Johnson at cjohnson@billingsgazette.com or 657-1282.

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