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Speer pleads not guilty to sexual assault

By Associated Press
Published On: Feb 15 2013 08:02:20 AM MST
Jesse Speer
CODY, Wyo. -

 A Montana man accused of kidnapping a Cody girl has pleaded not guilty to sexual assaulting her.
    
Forty-year-old Jesse Paul Speer of Belgrade appeared in court Thursday to enter a plea to the latest charges filed against him in the October kidnapping. He only answered "yes" and "no" to questions and his public defender entered the plea on his behalf.
    
Speer earlier pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, aggravated assault and using a gun in the commission of a felony.
    
The Cody Enterprise (http://bit.ly/ZfglTx ) reported that court documents indicate police have recovered DNA evidence linking Speer to the girl, who was 10 at the time.
    
She has since turned 11. Last month her mother said she has returned to school and has begun putting her life back together.