Ex-midshipman denies sexually exploiting children

BOULDER, Colo. - A former Naval Academy midshipman accused of posing as a teen girl online to get other girls to send him sexually explicit photos has pleaded not guilty to several child exploitation charges.

The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/19UzWhW ) 22-year-old Bret Michael Butler entered his pleas in Boulder District Court on Friday and is scheduled to go to trial June 9.

Court records say police recovered more than 20 sexually graphic images of children on Butler's cellphone and computers, and he is accused of posing as a girl to communicate with other underage girls.

Boulder investigators were told by an NCIS special agent that Butler was AWOL from the academy, according to an affidavit, but Navy officials said Butler was not AWOL and had been separated from the school since December 2012, the Daily Camera reported.

While out on $50,000 bond in the sexual exploitation case, Butler was arrested in Boulder County on Jan. 7 on DUI charges. He is scheduled to appear in court on those charges Feb. 10.

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