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SHERIDAN — An area man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count of sexual abuse of a minor and 14 counts of sexual exploitation of a child in 4th Judicial District Court.
If convicted on all charges, Bryan Jones, 30, faces up to 190 years in prison and $150,000 in fines.
Following an investigation into allegations that he initiated sexual contact with a 7-year-old girl in June 2012, Jones is said to have left Sheridan County for several months before being located by law enforcement in Texas.
A warrant paved the way for his arrest and eventual return to Wyoming.
In the course of their investigation, law enforcement agencies allege to have discovered large amounts of child pornography on Jones’ computer.
The one felony count of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree carries a minimum penalty of 25 years in prison and a maximum penalty of 50 years in prison.
Each felony count of sexual exploitation of a child carries up to 10 additional years of incarceration.
At his arraignment Tuesday, Jones did not speak except to enter his pleas and confirm that he understood the charges leveled against him.
A jury trial is tentatively scheduled to begin Oct. 16 with a pre-trial conference to be held Sept. 19.
Deputy County Attorney Dianna Bennett said that despite the number of charges against Jones, she expects the trial will take no more than three days to complete.
Jones remains in sheriff’s office custody at the Sheridan County Detention Center.
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