PITTSFIELD -- An Adams man who police say sexually abused a young girl remains free after denying the charges.

George Shurtleff, 52, molested a teenager between February 2011 and this past November, according to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office. The alleged victim is now 16.

The investigation into the allegations was conducted by state police detectives assigned to the District Attorney's Office.

Appearing with attorney Nathaniel K. Green, Shurtleff pleaded not guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday to one count of rape and abuse of a child aggravated by an age difference, three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person who has attained the age of 14.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Rachael Eramo asked that the court order the defendant to have no contact with the complaining witness.

Judge John A. Agostini released Shurtleff on his own recognizance with the condition the defendant have no contact with the teen.

Shurtleff is due back in court on Nov. 12 for a pretrial hearing.

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