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Jesse P. Speer alledgedly admitted abduction of Cody girl

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01 November 2012

It was a henious crime against a small child. A Montana man charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl from Cody, Wyo., confessed to the crime, according to a search warrant affidavit.

 

Jesse P. Speer is being held on a $2 million bond on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and using a gun in the commission of a felony. He hasn't entered a plea.

 

Speer was arrested in Belgrade, Mont., a town near his home in Manhattan, almost a week after the girl was lured to a vehicle Oct. 8 with a request for help finding a lost dog, authorities have said. The girl was driven outside of Cody, was sexually assaulted and then released. Hunters found the girl and took her to safety.

 

A Gallatin County sheriff's investigator wrote that after the arrest, Speer gave an account of the crime that matched details the girl had given, including that she was shown a gun during the abduction. Some details hadn't been made public at the time.

Speer also said he had a pornography addiction, which a relative had also told the FBI.

 

Authorities said Speer, a nature photographer who previously lived in Colorado with his former wife, told investigators he had been shooting photos in the Cody area around the time of the abduction.

 

The affidavit indicated his two children were taken into protective custody after his arrest.

 

A preliminary hearing at which a judge will determine if there's enough evidence for the case to proceed is scheduled for Nov. 19.

 

 

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