BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A man has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of kidnapping and raping a 4-year-old girl who was taken from a park on a Montana Indian reservation earlier this year.
John William Lieba II entered his plea Thursday during a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge John Johnston.
A grand jury indicted Lieba Tuesday on charges of kidnapping someone under 18, aggravated sexual abuse and assault resulting in serious bodily injury on someone under 18. The charges carry a combined maximum penalty of life in prison and $750,000 in fines if he is convicted.
The indictment says Lieba abducted the girl in Wolf Point on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation and held her for ransom in February. It says he engaged in a sexual act with the girl and assaulted her.