Man accused of killing Utah girl charged in 2nd sex abuse case
Crime • Man charged in June rape, murder of girl allegedly molested another girl years before.
Published: August 23, 2012 10:05AM
Updated: November 30, 2012 11:33PM
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The man accused of killing 6-year-old Sierra Newbold was arraigned Wednesday on charges he sexually abused another young girl.

Terry Lee Black, 41, is charged in 3rd District Court with two felony counts each of sexual abuse of a child and aggravated sexual abuse of a child stemming from allegations he molested a girl age 11 or 12 on two occasions between 2007 and 2009.

In the first alleged instance, the girl was attending a sleepover with members of Black’s family. Black entered the bedroom where the girl was sleeping and touched her breasts, put his hands down her underwear and forced her to touch his genitals, charges state.

The next summer, court documents claim, Black lured the same girl to his apartment and again put his hands down her pants.

During a brief court appearance on Wednesday, Black was assigned a public defender. His next court appearance on the sex charges will be Sept. 11 in West Jordan.

Black was charged last month with aggravated murder, child kidnapping and rape of a child in the case of Sierra Newbold. On June 26, Black allegedly abducted Sierra from her West Jordan home — about one block from his own home — and beat, raped and strangled her before throwing her into a nearby canal, where she drowned.

Three days later, Black was arrested on suspicion of an unrelated bank robbery. Investigators saw soot and debris on his clothing and hands that was similar to what was in a field where Sierra’s clothes were found. Lab results showed Black’s DNA matched DNA found on Sierra’s body, prosecutors said.

Black’s next court appearance in the murder case will be at a scheduling conference Oct. 9 in West Jordan. He is being held in the Salt Lake County jail in lieu of $2 million bail.

ealberty@sltrib.com