Posted: Apr 16, 2013 2:02 PM by Erin Schattauer
BOZEMAN - A Helena man is charged with sexual abuse of children and obscenity for allegedly engaging in a relationship with a 15-year-old Belgrade girl through sexually explicit messages.
Michael Anthony Guida, 24, is accused of contacting the girl by text message and email.
The girl told police that she was involved in an online and telephone long-distance relationship with Guida since December 2012. She said he traveled to Belgrade on three occasions but they did not have any sexual contact. According to court papers, she said that they ended the relationship on April 2 after getting into a disagreement.
During an interview with police, the girl said she exchanged nude images with Guida over email, court papers state. She said she felt pressured to send him the photos.
Guida is also accused of contacting the girls' friends and threatening them over the phone and by text message.
Gallatin County Justice Court Judge Bryan Adams set Guida's bail at $100,000, citing a concern for community safety in the case.