- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A former Maine State Police chief has pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually assaulted a 4-year-old relative.

A lawyer for Andrew Demers Jr. entered the not guilty pleas to charges of unlawful sexual contact and gross sexual assault in Cumberland County Court on Wednesday.

The 73-year-old Demers, of New Gloucester, was allowed to remain free on the $5,000 bail he posted after his March 17 arrest, with no new conditions.

Demers‘ lawyer, Walter McKee, says the state was quick to indict yet he still hasn’t seen all the evidence against his client.

Demers was a state trooper for 26 years, including six years as chief from 1987 until his retirement in 1993.

Prosecutors say the alleged crimes occurred in February and March.

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