- Associated Press - Friday, September 4, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A New Hampshire man accused of traveling to Maine to have sex with an underage girl has pleaded not guilty to gross sexual assault.

The Kennebec Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1LP6skN ) 24-year-old Ismail Maalin, of Manchester, New Hampshire entered the plea Wednesday in an Augusta court.

Monmouth police said the 13-year-old girl’s mother reported that she left her home in the middle of the night. She later called to say her daughter returned home and had been sexually assaulted June 16 in a man’s car.

Police arrested Maalin after police say he told them he had touched the girl sexually. Police say the two met on Facebook.

His attorney says the Somali native is trying to become a U.S. citizen. His next hearing is scheduled for Dec. 8.

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