The chairman of a Sandy community council was charged and has pleaded not guilty to a second-degree felony charge of sexually abusing a female.

Samuel Burggraaf, 48, was charged in January with forcible sexual abuse. Court documents state he fondled a "female person, 14 years of age or older" without her consent, in June and July of 1988. The incidents allegedly occurred at his Sandy home.Burggraaf pleaded not guilty to the charge before 3rd District Judge Anne Stirba on April 8. He was released to Pre-Trial Services and ordered not to have any contact with the victim or contact with any minor under 18 years old, according to court records.

The defendant continues to serve as the chairman of the Sandy Quadrant Council.

"I was seriously considering asking for his resignation, but was advised by the city attorney not to do so until the county had an opportunity to work out legal negotiations with him," Sandy Mayor Lawrence Smith said Thursday.

Burggraff declined to comment on the charge when contacted Thursday. He is scheduled to appear for a pre-trial court conference on May 6.