A former Provo resident will be tried Feb. 13 on two counts of aggravated child sexual abuse following a not-guilty plea tendered Friday by public defender Michael Esplin.

John Rick Carpenter, who now lives in another state, is charged with abusing two 8-year-old girls from Orem and Provo in separate incidents about a year ago. The defendant worked as a bookkeeper for a business owned by the family of one of the girls.