3 enter pleas in Missoula child sex sting

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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Three people arrested in a child sex sting operation in Missoula denied the charges against them Tuesday.

Christopher Michael Cooper, 30, and Justin Gale Walker, 28, both pleaded not guilty to sexual abuse of children during a hearing before District Judge Karen Townsend, the Missoulian reported (http://bit.ly/1jlNFBk).

Prosecutors said Cooper and Walker were among several people who responded to an online ad in which a woman purported to offer a 12-year-old girl for sex. Charging documents said the two men were arrested after negotiating with undercover officers to have sex with the fictitious girl.

Jenna Elizabeth Davis, 29, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to sexually abuse children for allegedly arranging for her boyfriend to have sex with the girl.

The boyfriend, Chad Lee Briggs, 36, along with Matthew Steven Keith, 22, are scheduled to enter their pleas Wednesday to sexual abuse of children.

Neal Lewis Gray, 54, pleaded not guilty Jan. 9, while a seventh suspect — former Mineral County juvenile probation officer James Stewart Myers — was found dead in his home last week.

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Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com

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