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A Bismarck man accused of stalking an underage girl and sending child pornography gave up his right to a preliminary hearing on Monday and is headed to South Central District Court to face a long list of charges, including promoting a sexual performance by a minor.

Curtis James McGarvey, 50, appeared in South Central District Court with his attorney, Justin Vinje, and pleaded not guilty to charges in two separate cases.

McGarvey has been charged with felonies including 21 counts of promoting obscenity to minors, six counts of promoting a sexual performance, one count of child neglect, one count a terrorizing and a misdemeanor count of stalking.

In June 2016, the Burleigh County Sheriff's Department opened an investigation after it was reported that someone hacked into the girl's cellphone and was "leaving messages" on her phone.

Photos, including of the girl's face in a photo involving a sexual act or photoshopped on a nude or partially nude female, were sent to multiple people, posted on social media or released by McGarvey, court documents allege. Authorities also found covert cameras in McGarvey's home and videos on his phone of the girl changing clothes or taking a shower.

McGarvey's trial is scheduled for Jan. 7-11.

He is being held on a $350,000 bond at the Burleigh-Morton County Detention Center.

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(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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