Northampton man denies assault charge
NORTHAMPTON — A city man Monday denied charges that he sexually assaulted a woman who came to his apartment to ask for a ride.
Edgar P. Hernandez, 52, of 49 Old South St., Apt. 410, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court before Judge W. Michael Goggins to indecent assault and battery.
Hernandez was released on $100 bail on the condition that he stay away from and have no contact with the alleged victim, according to district court files.
According to police, officers interviewed Hernandez Friday night after the alleged victim reported the incident.
Hernandez denied the allegations.
While in custody, Hernandez claimed the woman grabbed him, and offered him money for sex.
According to court records, Hernandez said he didn’t tell police about the offer and being grabbed because he was “embarrassed” and “does not like to cause trouble for himself.”
According to police, Hernandez was advised he could seek a harassment prevention order against the alleged victim if he chose to do so, in light of his account of being grabbed.
Hernandez is due back in court Aug. 6 for a pre-trial hearing.
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