Gering man enters not guilty pleas in child sex assault case

Daniel Clay/booking photo/Scotts Bluff County Corrections

A Gering man accused of touching two young girls inappropriately will face trial on four charges of third degree sexual assault of a child after entering not guilty pleas to the charges Friday in Scotts Bluff County District Court.

55 year old Daniel Clay is accused of committing the indecent acts as far back as 2008 or 2009, according to the complaints filed in Scotts Bluff County Court.

Court documents say Clay was the boyfriend of the two girl's grandmother and approached the children while they were at their grandmother's house, but while the grandmother was not home. The documents say the younger child came forward after hearing of a friend telling a teacher about something similar that had happened to her. The older girl was questioned after the younger girl said her cousin had told her about an assault that she had experienced.

Clay could receive up to 20 years in prison on each count if convicted.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for July 24th with trial set to take place during the August 4th jury term. Clay remains free on bond.

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