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KALISPELL — A 27-year-old Columbia Falls man who authorities say tricked a 15-year-old boy into emailing revealing photos of himself to the man has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of sexual abuse of children.

John McFadden pleaded guilty Thursday as part of a deal that dropped a second felony charge of sexual abuse of children.

Police say McFadden told the boy he would receive $5 for each photo he sent to a girl named Sara. Sara turned out McFadden.

Police say the boy said he sent six or seven pictures and was paid each time.

McFadden says he paid the boy but denied ever receiving any photos.

The Flathead County Attorney’s Office plans to recommend a suspended 10-year sentence at a Dec. 20 sentencing.

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