Oct 16, 2012 - The Associated PressBOZEMAN, Mont. -- A Montana man faces charges of kidnapping and assaulting an 11-year-old girl in Wyoming after police said he lured her to his car by saying he needed help finding a missing puppy, court records obtained Monday state.
Jesse Paul Speer, 39, was taken into custody Saturday in Belgrade, Mont., and held for Wyoming authorities. He faces extradition on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and felony use of a weapon, the records state.
Speer was being held without bond and waived his right to an extradition hearing during a brief court appearance Monday in Bozeman. He has not entered a plea.
Speer was dressed in an orange prison jump suit and only spoke to give Judge Holly Brown his name and to answer yes and no questions.
Public defender Eric Brewer told Brown that law enforcement officials had confiscated Speer's eyeglasses and questioned him without an attorney present.
Brewer requested that officers not interrogate Speer any further without a lawyer. Brewer didn't know when Speer would be sent to Wyoming.
Authorities have looked into a possible connection between the case and the disappearance of Jessica Ridgeway, a 10-year-old girl in Colorado, but now say they don't think the cases are related.
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