Hutzel facing three felony charges for possessing child pornography

Posted at 11:38 AM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 13:38:18-05

HELENA – A 47 year-old Helena man is facing three felony charges after police said he was in possession of hundreds of images of child pornography.

Michael Hutzel appeared via video in Lewis and Clark Justice Court Wednesday.

Court documents state investigators were tipped off to the images by an acquaintance.

That person said they saw the suspect pictures on Hutzel’s computer.

In July of last year, police obtained a search warrant and seized two laptops and other electronics.

Police said a forensic analysis of the devices uncovered more than 1,400 images depicting child pornography

Hutzel has been charged with three counts of sexual abuse of children.

His bond was set at $50,000.