A 43-year-old Inver Grove Heights man pleaded not guilty Monday afternoon to fourth degree criminal sexual conduct with a 10-year-old girl.
Roger Alan Pojar is accused of touching and kissing his daughter's friend while she slept overnight at his house.
According to a criminal complaint filed in January, Pojar told police he remembers the victim spending the night in August 2011 but denied kissing, hugging, rubbing, or touching the victim in any way.
The complaint says charges were filed after the victim spoke extensively with her mother and a representative from the Midwest Children's Resource Center.
After accepting Pojar's plea, Dakota County District Court Judge Eric Knutson scheduled a settlement conference for Nov. 7 and, if necessary, a jury trial for Nov. 26.
If convicted of the charge against him, Pojar faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. He would also be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years from the date of conviction.