- Associated Press - Friday, July 15, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Three men are set to stand trial on allegations they sexually assaulted a 9-year-old girl at a Utah home while her mother was in the garage smoking meth.

They pleaded not guilty Thursday to child rape and sodomy charges. A case against a fourth man was dropped because the mother couldn’t be found to testify.

Prosecutors say the men took the girl to a back room in March while she was sleeping alone on a couch in rural Uintah County, which borders Colorado.

The men had been staying in the house where the mother came to visit a friend for Easter weekend.

Lawyers for 36-year-old Larson RonDeau, 29-year-old Jerry Flatlip and 26-year-old Randall Flatlip questioned the account and whether the mother had influenced the girl’s testimony.

Charges were dropped against 20-year-old Josiah RonDeau.

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