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Billings cafe patrons report alleged child predator

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James Burns is charged with sexual abuse of children. (YCDF) James Burns is charged with sexual abuse of children. (YCDF)

Patrons of a Billings café helped put an alleged child predator behind bars.

James Burns, 57, made his initial appearance in Yellowstone County Justice Court on Friday for the charge of felony sexual abuse of children for allegedly downloading child pornography at several Billings businesses.

Court documents reveal that patrons of McCormick café reported seeing Burns viewing child pornography on his laptop while at the restaurant.

When confronted by police, Burns claimed he was simply downloading movies.

He voluntarily showed police the websites he was looking at but denied the material depicted children.

Authorities observed images of children in sexual poses and engaged in sexual acts.

According to court documents, Burns said he looked at the photos because they “reminded him of his childhood.”

Burns told police he was originally from Alaska but had just moved to Montana from Nevada.

Burns admitted he had been viewing the images for several months at various restaurants and cafes around Billings, as well as the library.

Authorities seized Burns’ computer and analyzed his downloads.

On the computer, detectives found more than 7,200 photos and close to 400 videos of child pornography, according to court documents.

Many of those photos depicted girls under the age of 12 engaged in sex acts.

Burns is being held at the Yellowstone County Jail on $100,000 bond.

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