Christopher Harling

DAVID ERICKSON david.erickson@missoulian.com

A Missoula man is facing felony charges after law enforcement officers allegedly found more than 32,000 images and 278 videos of underage girls engaged in sexual conduct on his computer and marijuana-growing equipment in his home.

Christopher Converse Harling, 27, appeared before Missoula County Justice of the Peace Marie Andersen on Friday. He is charged with one felony count of sexual abuse of children-possession of material, and one felony count of criminal production of dangerous drugs.

According to court documents, this past New Year’s Eve, three Missoula police detectives served a warrant at Harling’s residence on Keith Avenue in Missoula.

The warrant was issued to search the home for child pornography. While searching the home, the detectives located a large grow tent, a grow light, a thermometer, a fan, a humidifier and one potted marijuana plant.

They seized his computer and Internet router. Harling allegedly admitted that he downloaded illegal pornography of underage girls. A computer analyst located all the files on the computer.

Andersen set Harling’s bail at $10,000 and ordered that he have no contact, direct or indirect, with children. Harling is also barred from having contact with any device that connects to the Internet, including video game consoles. Harling has been seeing a doctor about three times a week since January about his mental condition.

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