A former Mills resident pleaded not guilty to one count of second degree sexual assault of a minor during his arraignment in Natrona County District Court on Friday.

Kyle Stuckey, who was 25 at the time of his arrest, quietly entered the plea while accompanied by his defense attorney Tracy Hucke.

Hucke asked Judge Thomas Sullins for a reduction in Stuckey's $20,000 bond because he was homeless when he was arrested, but now has a place to live and has a job lined up.

Even though he had previously failed to register as a sex offender, he knows what is required of  him now, she said.

But Sullins turned down Hucke's request because of the failure to register and the seriousness of the second degree sexual assault of a minor, which in this case involved inflicting sexual intrusion on a minor female while in a position of authority over the victim.

If convicted, he faces not less than two and not more than 20 years imprisonment.

The alleged abuse occurred in December 2013, and the investigation was substantially conducted in April 2014, according to court records.

The case started on March 30, 2014, when a Mills police officer responded to a call about a family fight in Mills involving Scott and his fiancee, according to the affidavit.

The fiancee said they were arguing because Scott had allowed Stuckey to stay at their residence even though Scott knew Stuckey was a sex offender. Stuckey was incarcerated at that time.

The fiancee’s daughter, who was about 10 years old at the time, had said Stuckey had touched her inappropriately.