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Ex-Frenchtown HS teacher denies sending inappropriate messages to student

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A former Frenchtown High School teacher accused of sending about 14,000 inappropriate messages to a student says he's not guilty. 

Michael Kent Botsford faces a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of children. 

In April, the Missoula County Sheriff's Office was made aware of Botsford communicating with a 15-year-old student frequently through social media messages, with some messages being sexual in nature. 

Prosecutors say Botsford attempted to gauge her comfort level with intimate activity with him. In an interview with First Step, the girl said the two never discussed sex directly, but the two had some light physical contact in his classroom at times. 

Botsford later told investigators he had no sexual thoughts or intentions about the girl, but was in love with her and wanted to pursue a relationship after she graduated high school. 

Prosecutors say Botsford has a history of inappropriate relations with students, and was fired from another high school for similar conduct. 

Botsford was not held on bail and was released on his own recognizance with numerous conditions of release, including not being allowed to be around anyone under the age of 18, except his daughter. 

His next court appearance is April 20. 

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