Ex-Sheboygan Mayor Pleads Not Guilty in Groping Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) -- Former Sheboygan mayor Bob Ryan has pleaded not guilty to charges he grabbed a woman's breasts twice during a drinking binge last July in Elkhart Lake

Ryan entered his plea to two misdemeanor sexual assault charges Monday. He was accompanied in court by his wife, Mary.

Ryan declined comment afterward except to say he pleaded not guilty -- "That means innocent."

The Sheboygan Press reports the judge ordered Ryan to post a $1,500 signature bond and to maintain sobriety as a condition of bail. Trial is tentatively set for August.

Ryan was voted out of office in a recall election Feb. 21 and charged in April. He has acknowledged he's an alcoholic but has.said he has been sober since the incident in Elkhart Lake.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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