A Bozeman man pleaded guilty to charges that accuse him of sexually assaulting three girls at a local business last year.

Steven Vaughn Jenkins, 60, is charged with three counts of sexual assault, all misdemeanors. He appeared in Gallatin County District Court before Judge Holly Brown on Tuesday.

In January, Jenkins was charged with one felony count of sexual assault and two misdemeanor counts of sexual assault. The felony charge would have carried up to a $50,000 fine and up to 100 years in jail.

As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors in the case agreed to drop the felony sexual assault down to a misdemeanor. The first misdemeanor carries up to six months in jail and up to a $500 fine. The second and third misdemeanors each carry up to on year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.

Prosecutors will recommend at Jenkins sentencing in January that he be placed on probation for 30 months and register as a sex offender during that time. They will also recommend that Jenkins complete sex offender treatment and have no contact with anyone under 18 years old.

In November 2018, two girls reported to police that an older man inappropriately touched them while they were shopping at the Goodwill store at 2130 Simmental Way, according to charging documents. The girls each described a man, later identified as Jenkins, and said he touched them multiple times.

A couple of days later, an officer reviewed security footage of the incident and noted Jenkins was hovering in the same area as the two girls. The officer said Jenkins was positioning himself in a way that the two girls would have to walk by him.

In December 2018, an officer called Jenkins, who confirmed he was at the business but didn’t recall touching girls while there, charging documents allege. If he had, he told the officer, the contact was an accident.

A couple days later, police said, the victims identified Jenkins as the perpetrator during two separate photo lineups.

The day after the photo lineups, a Goodwill employee notified officers about another assault. A young girl who temporarily worked there reported that Jenkins sexually assaulted her in December 2018, court documents allege.

An officer reviewed security footage from the day of the incident. Police said in charging documents that Jenkins was frequently walking past and near the third victim, similar to what he had done in the November incidents.

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