- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois alderman has pleaded not guilty to charges he tried to escape while jailed in connection with an alleged sexual abuse and kidnapping.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan (https://bit.ly/1fHtzjN) reports 46-year-old Ronald Nolan of Murphysboro entered the plea Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Prosecutors allege Noland attacked guards in October during a failed jail escape. That was when he was being held on sexual abuse and kidnapping charges in the alleged abduction of a woman.

The would-be breakout drew charges of attempted escape, aggravated battery and resisting a peace officer.

Nolan was in custody on aggravated criminal sexual abuse, kidnapping and unlawful restraint counts. The charges resulted from his alleged driving around Jackson and Union counties in September with a 20-year-old Carbondale woman against her will.

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Information from: Southern Illinoisan, https://www.southernillinoisan.com

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