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Not guilty plea from judge accused of indecent behavior

LA PLACE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana judge has entered a plea of not guilty to three felony counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and a misdemeanor sexual battery count.

New Orleans area news outlets report that St. John the Baptist Parish Judge Jeff Perilloux entered the plea Thursday in LaPlace.

An indictment in June accused Perilloux of committing “lewd or lascivious” acts upon two girls in May and June of 2017 and “intentionally” touching the breasts of another last December.

Perilloux has been suspended from hearing cases at his own request.

The state Supreme Court has appointed state Judge Dennis Waldron to oversee the case.

Perilloux, who is free on a $35,000 bond, maintains he never did anything improper with the alleged victims. His next court appearance is Sept. 18.