Jared Jamal Williams

Jared Jamal Williams, 28, appears via video Thursday in Gallatin County Justice Court.

Bail was set at $75,000 Thursday for a Bozeman man accused of having sex with an underage girl and exchanging nude photos with her and another girl.

Jared Jamal Williams, 28, is charged with felonies rape and sexual abuse of children. He appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court before Judge Rick West.

If convicted, Williams could face up to 100 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

Judge West prohibited Williams from having contact with kids under 18 years old.

On Thursday, a Bozeman detective received a report that Williams had sex with a teen girl and was sending nude photos of himself to her, according to charging documents.

The detective went to Williams’ house. The detective arrested Williams for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant and took him to the Law and Justice Center.

Police said in charging documents that Williams admitted having sex with the girl and sending her and another girl nude photos of himself within the past three weeks. Williams also told police he left his New Jersey home because he was worried about being charged for having sex with another teen girl there, according to charging documents.

The detective then went to the girl’s home. Police said the girl’s timeline of events corroborated what Williams said.

In court Thursday, prosecutor Bjorn Boyer said Williams was convicted of shoplifting in New Jersey and partner or family member assault in Browning. Boyer said Williams had an active warrant for his arrest out of Pondera County, Montana for failing to pay fines.

Defense attorney Diane Copeland asked for a lower bail. If any misconduct did exist, Copeland said, there are certainly arguments that Williams was unaware of the girls’ ages.

Freddy Monares can be reached at fmonares@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2630. Follow him on Twitter @TGIFreddy.

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