PITTSFIELD -- A New York man pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in Berkshire Superior Court to three counts of rape in connection with the alleged abuse of a teenaged girl in Williamstown last summer.

William Jolin, 47, of Railroad Avenue in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., was released on his own recognizance after denying three counts of rape and abuse of a child aggravated by an age difference.

The charge carries a minimum 10 years in state prison and a maximum life prison sentence.

Judge Mary Lou Rup ordered that Jolin stay away from and have no contact with the alleged victim, who is now 16.

According to police and prosecutors, Jolin abused the girl in Williamstown between July and August of 2012.

The Williamstown Police Department investigated the alleged crimes and the case is being prosecuted by Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Rachael Eramo.

A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 11 in the case.

Jolin's attorney, Timothy J. Shugrue, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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