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SEX ABUSE CHARGES DENIED

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A Salt Lake man accused of sexually abusing half a dozen young girls pleased not guilty Monday to 14 felony counts filed against him.

Richard W. Jones, 45, is charged with six counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, four counts of sexual abuse of a child, two counts of sodomy upon a child and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.Monday, he pleaded not guilty to all 14 counts before 3rd District Judge Timothy Hanson. A disposition hearing was set for June 4 at 9 a.m.

The charges involve incidents dating back as far back as 1983. In two of the cases, girls reported that indecent liberties were taken with them at the old Forest School, 928 E. 2100 South. Charges and police reports say the girls were provided with candy bars and pretty dresses.

On at least one occasion, the girls had to sign a contract, saying they would give up their souls if they told anyone, police reports and court documents state.

He is also accused of sexually abusing and photographing other girls in his Salt Lake home last fall and abusing girls while they attended a science school he ran for children, according to court documents and police reports.