CUT BANK — A north-central Montana school counselor has denied charges that allege he traded naked photos with a 13-year-old girl from Glacier County.
The Glacier County District Court clerk’s office says 51-year-old Anthony Heaton of Shelby pleaded not guilty Oct. 9 to sexual abuse of children, indecent exposure and witness tampering.
Court records say in late July the girl told Heaton she was supposed to speak to law enforcement the next day about a separate matter and he told her to delete their texts, phone calls, Snapchats and other forms of communication. The girl kept one photo.
Shelby School Superintendent Elliot Crump says Heaton was placed on paid administrative leave from his job as junior high and high school counselor.
Heaton has posted a $100,000 bond. His attorney did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
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