Bond set at $25K for Missoula man charged with sex abuse of a child

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Justin William Ayres

Zoe Buchli

A Missoula man made his initial appearance in Justice Court on Friday afternoon after being arrested on suspicion of sending sexually suggestive messages to a 12-year-old girl.

Justin William Ayres, 22, has been charged with two counts of sex abuse of a child, a felony that is punishable by up to life in prison.

Missoula County Justice of the Peace Alex Beal presided.

On April 30, law enforcement agents set up a false social media account of a 12-year-old girl. They received messages from an account with the username “Justin Vape Lord Ayres,” identified by officials as Ayres, charging documents said.

Early in the messages, Ayres was made aware he was talking to a 12-year-old. He pressed the alleged victim for information about her sexual history and activity, charging documents said. From May 2 to May 30 Ayres did not regularly correspond with the alleged victim, but resumed communication after May 30.

He then made several sexually suggestive comments to the girl, including saying he would have sex with her, court

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