A former respite-care provider for the disabled pleaded not guilty Wednesday in 4th District Court to a second-degree felony charge of sexually abusing an Orem boy about two years ago.

Allan Shutt, 26, will stand trial Aug. 14 before Judge Guy R. Burningham. If convicted, Shutt could be sentenced to prison for up to 15 years.Shutt is accused of fondling a 7-year-old boy with Down syndrome while he was the boy's state-sponsored respite care provider from February to September 1993. The boy's parents, teachers and friends testified at a preliminary hearing that the boy began exhibiting deviant behavior while in Shutt's care.