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Charles D. Johnson, the man accused of breaking into a LeRoy home May 9 and raping the resident there at knifepoint, appeared before Judge Robert Noonan for the first time in County Court this morning.

Johnson entered a not guilty plea to an eight-count indictment that includes charges of predatory sexual assault, rape in the first degree and sexual abuse in the first degree.

Johnson’s apparent temporary attorney before his family hires one instead of using a public defender, Gary Horton, said that Johnson denies being a chronic marijuana user. He says Johnson should have scored higher on the bail evaluation because he lives with his aunt and has been on public assistance for a number of years.

Judge Noonan said that since Johnson faces a possible life prison terms that he should be held without bail until trial, according to our news partner The Batavian who was in court.

Johnson is next due in court Aug. 13.

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