A West Yellowstone man charged with making a pipe bomb and illegally having guns pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a separate felony stalking charge.

Charles Gibson Bailey, 32, appeared in Gallatin County District Court before Judge Holly Brown. Bailey is accused of violating a temporary order of protection by spraying acid onto the doorknob and dead bolt of his ex-girlfriend’s West Yellowstone apartment.

If convicted of the stalking charge, Bailey faces a maximum five years in prison, a fine of $10,000 or both.

He has posted bail on the stalking charge.

Bailey also faces multiple charges in federal court of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition; possession of a destructive device; and unlawful manufacturing of a destructive device.

Bailey pleaded not guilty to those charges in April and was released from the Missoula County jail a month later. If convicted of the federal charges, Bailey could face a maximum 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The charges all stem from a federal investigation in March after Bailey’s ex-girlfriend reported he came to her front door and sprayed acid into her doorknob and deadbolt, according to charging documents. The woman showed officers surveillance video of the incident, and officers found the liquid made the doorknob and deadbolt inoperable.

Bailey was found later that day elsewhere in West Yellowstone with multiple guns in his truck, including an AR-15 in the passenger seat and a revolver on the dashboard, police said. He also had a scanner that could be used to monitor law enforcement.

Police said Bailey either made or received a pipe bomb sometime in March and had previously violated a court order that prohibited him from having guns. On a court order, Bailey was not to be within 300 feet of his ex-girlfriend after she alleged he was following her through town on multiple occasions and had guns.

During his booking, police said, Bailey noted he recently used acid without gloves, making his fingerprints hard to capture.

Bailey is scheduled to stand trial for the federal charges Sept. 23, in Missoula federal court.

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


Freddy Monares covers politics and county government for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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