A Provo man will face trial May 17 and 18 on separate counts of sexual abuse of a child, first-degree felonies.

Bruce Elm, 53, pleaded not guilty to the charges during arraignment Friday before 4th District Judge Cullen Y. Christensen. The defendant originally was to receive one trial on both charges, but his attorney, Shelden Carter, asked that separate non-jury trials be granted.Elm is charged with abusing two girls, ages 10 and 12, in Provo between 1983 and 1986.