A northern Utah man has been charged in the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 6-year-old girl more than a year ago, and a judge has dismissed charges against a Washington man convicted of the crimes.
Thomas C. Headley, 31, Snowville, Box Elder County, was arrested Wednesday and was being held in the Box Elder County Jail here in lieu of $75,000 bail.Headley was to be arraigned before 1st Circuit Judge Robert W. Daines Thursday on one count each of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, child kidnapping and aggravated kidnapping, all first-degree felonies, said a secretary to Box Elder County Attorney Jon Bunderson.
Frank James Harvey, 45, Elma, Wash., was convicted of kidnapping and sexually assaulting the child and was sentenced to 16 years in prison, but was released on his own recognizance last January pending a new trial after authorities said they had uncovered a new suspect.
First District Judge Gordon Low dismissed charges against Harvey Wednesday, the judge's clerk said.
The Deweyville girl was kidnapped March 24, 1987, from outside the Bear River Middle School in Garland, where she had been attending a gymnastics meet, and was released the following morning in Malta, Idaho, about 65 miles away. She told police she had been kidnapped by a man driving a four-door blue car and had a dachshund.
Harvey was arrested at a rest stop on I-15 near Corinne, Box Elder County. He was driving a four-door blue car with a dachshund.
The child picked Headley out of a recent photo lineup, according to a probable cause statement.
The statement said investigators also found that Headley fit the general description the child gave of her abductor, including owning a blue car and a dachshund.