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NOT GUILTY PLEA IS ENTERED IN SEX ASSAULT, ABDUCTION CASE

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A former Snowville man accused of abducting a 13-year-old Sandy girl has pleaded not guilty to a kidnapping charge and three unrelated counts of child sexual assault.

Thomas Campbell Headley, 34, entered his plea Friday before 3rd District Judge James Sawaya, who scheduled an Oct. 18 hearing. Defense attorney Andrew Valdez said a plea bargain is anticipated at that time.Headley was accused of kidnapping a 6-year-old Box Elder County girl in a highly publicized 1987 case.

Following a 1989 trial that ended in a hung jury, he was freed and charges against him were dismissed.

In the current case, Headley is accused of trying to cross the Canadian border from Montana on Jan. 19 with a Sandy girl who claimed to be his daughter but later admitted she was not.

In addition to the kidnapping charge stemming from that incident, he faces two unrelated counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one unrelated count of child rape.

Deputy Salt Lake County Attorney Tom Vuyk said the charges stem from several May incidents involving two different Salt Lake girls.

Headley remains in the Salt Lake County Jail.