BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A suspended Trumbull police officer has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges that authorities say involve a teenage girl he met through the local police cadets program.

 The Connecticut Post reports  that William Ruscoe entered the pleas Tuesday in Bridgeport Superior Court and his case was  continued to April 28. Ruscoe and his lawyer declined to comment as they left the courthouse.

The 19-year veteran officer remains on paid leave pending an internal
investigation of the allegations.

State police allege the 44-year-old Ruscoe began texting the 17-year-old girl
in March of last year saying he wanted to have a sexual relationship with her,
and also texted her naked photographs of himself and his wife. Troopers say
Ruscoe later sexually assaulted the girl at his home in Trumbull.
Information from: Connecticut Post,

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