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Two men accused of kidnapping and sexual abuse on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation have denied federal charges.

William Alvin Wick Jr., 27, of Ashland, and Charles William Spotted Elk-Booth Jr., 22, of Spearfish, S.D., both pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging them with aggravated sexual abuse and kidnapping alleged to have oc-curred Nov. 18, 2007, at Lame Deer. Wick appeared for arraignment Tuesday; Spotted Elk-Booth appeared today.

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The two are accused of forcibly engaging in a sexual act with a female and then confining her to conceal the crime, the indictment said.

If convicted, Wick and Spotted Elk-Booth face a maximum of life in prison and a $250,000 fine on both counts. Wick remains in custody. U.S. Magistrate Carolyn Ostby set a detention hearing Friday for Spotted Elk-Booth.

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