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A federal fish and game officer has been federally indicted on charges involving sexual crimes against a child.

Shawn Thomas Conrad, 48, pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Billings Tuesday to sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography. The charges carry a minimum of 15 years in prison.

Conrad has worked as a special agent with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Billings region, although his current employment status could not be verified. The public affairs office for the agency was closed due to the federal government shutdown, according to a message on the agency’s phone lines.

On Aug. 3, 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, charges state. He also possessed a pornographic image of a child younger than 12 years old, according to the indictment.

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If convicted of either of the offenses, Conrad must forfeit a Dell laptop and external hard drive.

Prior to beginning work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2011, Conrad served as a special agent with the State Department for eight years investigating violent crime, according to an affidavit from him submitted in a search warrant in the U.S. District Court for Montana in 2014. 

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Justice Reporter

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