Former deputy’s child sex abuse case moved to federal court

Posted at 5:00 PM, Apr 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-10 20:13:08-04

GREAT FALLS The charges against Virgil Allen Wolfe in Cascade County District Court have been dismissed and he now faces charges in federal court.

Virgil Allen Wolfe
Courtesy: Cascade County Detention Center

Wolfe, a former Lewis and Clark County sheriff’s deputy, pleaded not guilty to three counts of sexual exploitation of a child and denied allegations of forfeiture during his federal arraignment Tuesday.

Court documents state that over several years, Wolfe persuaded a victim to engage in sexual conduct. He then produced sexually explicit materials that were distributed across state lines, according to court documents.

The forfeiture allegation means Wolfe must forfeit a computer tower and hard drive, a camera, and a memory card to the government if convicted.

Wolfe was first arrested in February and initially charged with 80 counts of sexual abuse of children.

He was a deputy for the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office in the late 1990s.

His trial has been set for May 28 in Helena.

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