An Arizona prison inmate goes on trial March 15 in 2nd District Court on charges of sodomy upon a child, aggravated sexual assault, and aggravated kidnapping in the 1985 abduction and rape of a 10-year-old North Salt Lake girl.
William E. Denning, 31, is charged with three first-degree felonies in the incident, which occurred Aug. 5, 1985, in North Salt Lake. The girl was forced into her abductor's car, taken to a remote area near the North Salt Lake Gun Club, and assaulted, according to court records.Denning is currently serving a 30-year prison term in Arizona and faces a life term in Nevada after that, public defender Steve Vanderlinden told Judge Douglas L Cornaby.
At his arraignment Tuesday, Denning pleaded not guilty to the three charges, each of which carries a prison term of five years to life with a minimum mandatory term of five, 10, or 15 years.
Denning also pleaded not guilty to a third-degree felony charge of damaging a jail, which stems from an incident that occurred Dec. 16 while he was being held in the Davis County Jail. Trial on that charge was also set for March 15.
Vanderlinden told the judge he intends to file motions requesting a psychiatric evaluation of Denning and prosecutor Carvel Harward said he will not oppose the request. Harward said the Davis County Attorney's Office will file a motion asking for blood and hair samples from Denning for analysis.
According to court records, Denning told a Boulder City, Nev., detective last fall that he had abducted and raped a young girl in North Salt Lake in 1985. The girl identified Denning from a mug shot taken in 1986 and charges subsequently were filed.