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A Casper man on Friday pleaded not guilty to six felonies that allege he sexually abused a pre-teen girl over the course of a year.

Matthew D. Henderson entered his pleas in Natrona County District Court with four words.

“Not guilty, your honor,” he said.

In court documents, prosecutors allege that Henderson began abusing the girl shortly after she turned 12 years old. She told investigators that Henderson came into her room and touched her genitals at least four times.

Henderson’s criminal conduct progressed, according to the documents. Prosecutors allege he made the child touch his genitals and laid on top of the girl to abuse her.

The girl told police her genitals hurt as a result of Henderson’s abuse, the documents state.

In a July interview with Casper police detectives, Henderson admitted to abusing the child, the documents state.

Henderson posted a $40,000 cash bond earlier this year and remained free on bond Friday morning.

He faces three counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, two counts of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor and a single count of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

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Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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