Mark Duane Booth

Mark Duane Booth leaves Gallatin County District Court on Monday after pleading not guilty to felony charges.

A Livingston man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that accuse him of taking photos and videos of girls at the Bozeman Walmart and deleting some from his phone after being stopped by an officer.

Mark Duane Booth, 52, is charged with felonies tampering with evidence and surreptitious viewing or recording. He appeared in Gallatin County District Court before Judge Rienne McElyea.

In August, a Bozeman officer stopped Booth in his truck after a report that he recorded girls inside Walmart on his cellphone, according to charging documents. Booth denied taking photos and videos but allowed the officer to look at his phone.

Police said in charging documents that Booth’s phone had several photos and videos of girls inside Walmart. The officer took a photo of the pictures before returning Booth’s phone to him.

The officer reviewed the photos and saw that he missed videos that Booth recorded in Walmart. The officer asked Booth to look at the pictures again.

Booth deleted most of the pictures and videos from Walmart by then, charging documents allege. Booth told the officer he deleted the images he accidentally took.

Police said in charging documents that Booth said he wasn’t intentionally taking picture of kids and that “he just always has his phone out and is hitting the button that takes pictures.”

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

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