Friday, April 17, 2009

Ex-BLM worker pleads not guilty to child sex-abuse charges

The Salt Lake Tribune

Updated: 04/16/2009 03:24:58 PM MDT

Rex Lee Smart, a former field manager for the Bureau of Land Management in Kanab who faces numerous counts of sexually abusing a girl, pleaded not guilty to the charges on Thursday.

Smart entered his plea before 6th District Judge Marvin Bagley, who scheduled a trial date of Sept. 28-Oct. 15 before Judge Wallace A. Lee.

Smart was charged in January 2008 for the crimes that allegedly took place between June 2005 and September 2006 at Smart's house and at the rodeo grounds in Kanab. They involve the same girl when she was 9 and 10 years old.

He faces seven counts of sex abuse of a child, two counts of sodomy on a child and a single count of rape of a child, all first-degree felonies.

Since his arrest, Smart has been free on $125,000 bond.

-- Mark Havnes

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