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Man accused in child's abduction makes first court appearance in state

Oct 19, 2012 - The Associated Press

CODY -- A Montana man suspected of abducting and assaulting an 11-year-old Cody girl is set to make his first court appearance in Wyoming.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jesse Paul Speer of Manhattan, Mont. appeared in a Cody courtroom at 10:30 a.m. Friday to be advised of the charges against him. Circuit Court Judge Bruce Waters also set bond.

Prosecutors say Speer forced the girl into his SUV at gunpoint on Oct. 8 then assaulted and abandoned her outside of town.

The girl was found by hunters driving through the mountainous area.

He was arrested Saturday in Montana and transported to Wyoming Wednesday.

He's a nature photographer and divorced father of two children. Speer and his former wife lived in Colorado for about five years before moving to Montana in 2008.

People who know Speer in both Colorado and Montana said they were shocked at the news of his arrest, expressing astonishment that Speer would have committed the crime.

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