Brian Lynn Stewart

Brian Lynn Stewart appears in court at the Law and Justice Center.

A man accused of having child pornography on his cellphone, and who was detained on Montana State University’s campus the same day as a lockdown, pleaded not guilty to a felony charge Tuesday.

Brian Lynn Stewart, 54, of Belgrade appeared in Gallatin County District Court for a charge of sexual abuse of children, and is being held on a $75,000 bond.

On July 11, Stewart was detained on MSU’s campus after making comments indicating he was suicidal and had loaded guns, according to charging documents. MSU was under lockdown for two hours the same day after a man on campus made threatening comments, although his name was never released.

MSU Police Chief Frank Parrish said on the day of the incident that a staff member had been on campus for a dismissal hearing and said he was ready to “end it all,” which prompted the lockdown.

The charging documents say Stewart was questioned after being detained, and that an officer searched his cellphone with permission.

Police kept Stewart’s phone for further analysis and found photos and videos depicting underage girls engaging in sexual activity with older men, according to charging documents.

In court Tuesday, the judge ruled Stewart cannot have contact with minors or be in possession of a cellphone while his case is pending.

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