A Missoula doctor, arrested in Billings last year when he arrived at a meeting intending to have sex with a minor girl, admitted Tuesday to federal crimes.
Bart Linden Holt, 46, a podiatrist, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to coercion and enticement of a minor and to possession of child pornography. He also agreed to forfeit two computers, a Web cam, a cell phone and a 1992 Lincoln that were used in committing the crimes.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia Hurd said that in December 2004, Holt entered an Internet chat room and contacted FBI Special Agent Dan Vierthaler, who was posing as a girl under age 16. Vierthaler investigates child porn and sexual exploitation of children.
Holt pretended to be a 19-year-old college student and had numerous conversations with the agent about sexual matters over the next several months, Hurd said.
Holt said he wanted to have sex and was concerned he'd get arrested if they did. In some of the chats, Holt sent sexually explicit images of himself. In June 2005, Holt disclosed he was 46 years old and a doctor in Missoula.
A month later, Holt made arrangements to come to Billings to have sex with the "girl." When Holt arrived at the meeting site on Aug. 1, he tried to flee and was caught, Hurd said.
Holt denied he tried to flee. He said he panicked and stopped when he realized the people were law enforcement officers.
Investigators found on Holt's computers numerous images of child porn he received through the Internet, Hurd said. Also, Holt admitted he had similar conversations with a 14-year-old girl in Great Falls. Law enforcement officers found the 14-year-old girl, who confirmed Holt's account, she said.
Holt faces a minimum mandatory five years to 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the enticement charge and 10 years and a $250,000 fine for possessing child porn. A third count is to be dismissed at sentencing.
U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull set sentencing for Sept. 21 and ordered Holt into custody.