Four of six Missoula child enticement suspects arraigned

Four of six men accused of trying to entice minors for sex pleaded not guilty to the charges this week, court filings show.

The six suspects were arrested over the course of two days in a multi-agency sting operation that started on Nov. 2 in Missoula. According to the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation was led by the Montana FBI Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force.

On Monday, three of the suspects were arraigned in front of Missoula County District Judge Jason Marks.

Andrew D. Phillips pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual abuse of children with a victim under 16 years old, a felony. His next court date is Jan. 3.

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