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New details released about former Montana deputy’s arrest on child sex abuse charges

Posted at 9:30 PM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 23:30:29-05

HELENA-Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton confirmed on Friday that a man facing child sex abuse charges in Cascade County was a deputy for the Lewis and Clark Sheriff’s Office before being fired in 2008.

Dutton said Wolfe was hired in 1999 by former Sheriff Sam McCormack.

Wolfe worked for the department as a patrol deputy for around a year and a half before becoming a resident deputy in Augusta.

“We then brought him back for further training issues to have him here locally and there were some cases that led to his termination,” said Dutton.

According to Dutton, Wolfe’s employment was terminated with cause on Feb. 21, 2008 by then Sheriff Cheryl Liedle.

“He was terminated with cause, not related to anything like the charges he currently faces,” added Dutton. “When he was hired there was nothing in his background that would have prevented Sheriff McCormack from hiring him and former Sheriff Liedle did the correct thing with following through and leading to his termination.”

Dutton noted that he has not seen Wolfe since the day of his termination and is not aware of any contact made by Wolfe to any other active member of the department.

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