Steven Forgey

A Missoula man who allegedly told police he had "nine to 10" children at his home every day is now being held on charges of sexual abuse of a child and tampering with evidence.

Steven A. Forgey, 31, reportedly admitted to law enforcement he sent sexually explicit text messages to a 12-year-old girl, according to charging documents filed Wednesday.

Forgey's neighbor first brought her suspicions to the Missoula County Sheriff's Office in July, reporting the girl was over at his home at night when his wife was at work, and that he sometimes touched her lap and legs in a way that was suggestive. 

The woman told police she had found several messages from Forgey to the girl on Snapchat expressing sexual desires. The girl later told police Forgey would message her every day, sometimes about his plans to divorce his wife.

In a September interview with detectives from the sheriff's office, Forgey denied any inappropriate physical contact with the girl, according to court documents. He reportedly told law enforcement he had "nine to 10" children at his home every day, although court documents do not elaborate on why children were at his home.

The detective took Forgey's phone, but at the station found the phone's data had been "wiped." The next day, after some pressure from detectives, Forgey reportedly admitted he had intentionally wiped the phone's data remotely, "in an effort to destroy some of the text messages on the phone," according to charging documents. 

Forgey admitted to sending the girl sexually explicit messages three times, according to court documents.

He's currently being held on $150,000 at Missoula County jail following his initial appearance Wednesday afternoon. 

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