A Montana man who had been dwelling with a young person who disappeared from her residence in Arizona 4 years in the past pleaded not responsible Monday to little one sexual abuse fees lodged in opposition to him based mostly on pictures that authorities mentioned they discovered on his cellphone.
Since his Oct. 23 arrest, Edmund Davis, 36, has been held on $1 million bail on two felony counts of the sexual abuse of youngsters. His public defender, Casey Moore, mentioned he would file a movement for a bail discount listening to after talking with Davis’ father and the prosecutor, Assistant Attorney General Dan Guzynski.
No additional hearings have been instantly scheduled.
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Authorities haven’t mentioned whether or not Davis is taken into account a suspect within the disappearance of Alicia Navarro in September 2019. Navarro left a observe behind when she vanished from her residence days earlier than her fifteenth birthday, sparking an enormous search that included the FBI. She was nearly 19 when she walked into the Havre, Montana, police station in July and mentioned she needed to be faraway from the lacking individuals listing.
In investigating the circumstances that led Navarro to be in Havre — practically 1,400 miles from her childhood residence in Glendale, Arizona — legislation enforcement officers in Arizona obtained warrants that they mentioned led to the invention of the pictures of kid sexual abuse on Davis’ cellphone, court docket data mentioned. Some of the pictures concerned infants and toddlers and a few have been laptop generated, in keeping with court docket data.
Davis is charged with possessing pictures of a kid or kids underneath the age of 12 engaged in precise or simulated sexual conduct, which carries a compulsory sentence of 25 to 100 years in jail. He can be charged with possessing pictures of the sexual abuse of youngsters underneath the age of 16, which carries a sentence of 4 to 100 years in jail.
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Over the years, Navarro’s mom, Jessica Nuñez, mentioned that her daughter, who was identified with autism, could have been lured away by somebody she met on-line. When she disappeared in 2019, Navarro took solely her laptop computer and cellphone.
Neighbors mentioned Davis had been dwelling with Navarro for not less than a yr. In July, after her reappearance had been made public, an Associated Press reporter spoke with a younger girl on the Havre house who regarded and seemed like Navarro, however she didn’t give her title and mentioned she needed to be left alone.
The couple moved out of the house days after the information media reported their location, neighbors informed the AP.
Trent Steele, a personal investigator who assisted Nuñez within the seek for Navarro by the Miami-based nonprofit Anti-Predator Project, mentioned final month that Navarro was “in a safe place,” with out disclosing the particulars.