Leichliter

Todd Christopher Leichliter, 32, appeared in Missoula County Justice Court on Tuesday via teleconference from the Missoula County Detention Center where he is being held on a felony charge of sexual abuse of children.

DAVID ERICKSON david.erickson@missoulian.com

A Missoula man has been arrested for trying to arrange a sexual meeting with his girlfriend’s 15-year-old daughter after arriving at their house with condoms while her mother was away.

He was instead met by police detectives.

Todd Christopher Leichliter, 32, appeared before Missoula County Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech on Tuesday. He is charged with felony sexual abuse of children, a crime punishable by up to 100 years in prison.

Leichliter is a student studying information technology at Missoula College.

According to court documents, on March 24, a woman called the Missoula Police Department for advice on a situation involving a man she was casually dating.

She told police that she met Leichliter on a dating website, but that he started doing things that raised red flags for her. A few weeks earlier, Leichliter had allegedly asked if she would get sexually excited if her 15-year-old daughter was present and masturbating while they had sex.

The woman told him no and that he shouldn’t bring it up again.

The woman spoke with her daughter about Leichliter’s possible interest in her. The girl stated she had never been touched by him, but that he had been contacting her through a messaging site.

The girl and her mother made contact with Leichliter through the messaging site, and the girl established that she was 15. Leichliter allegedly asked if she wanted to engage in sexual acts with him.

Detective Chris Shermer spoke with the girl and her mother and took over the messaging between Leichliter and the girl. Leichliter also spoke with the girl on the phone at one point when she was at school, and Leichliter allegedly asked her to touch herself while she was on the phone with him.

On April 13, Leichliter allegedly knew the mother was going to be away and sent a message to the girl that said “Want me to try and come see you?” and “I can come real soon and should I bring protection?”

Leichliter came to the girl’s residence at 8:22 p.m. and was greeted by Shermer and Detective Sgt. Scott Pastian. When he was arrested, he allegedly had condoms with him.

Prosecutor Jenn Clark asked Orzech to set Leichliter’s bail at $200,000.

“The reason for that request is that this defendant has a prior charge, a sexual intercourse without consent that was resolved as a criminal endangerment that involved two 15-year-olds,” Clark said. “In this case, he was coming to this particular residence with the intentions of having sex with another 15-year-old.”

Orzech agreed to the $200,000 bail because of Leichleiter’s “danger to the community,” and stipulated that Leichliter have no contact with the victim or her mother or anyone younger than age 18.

Leichliter’s preliminary hearing is April 28 at 4 p.m.  

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