A Nederland man accused of sexually assaulting multiple girls over the course of several years is set for trial early next year.

Michael Czeponis, 40, pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault on a child, criminal mischief, third-degree assault and cruelty to animals, and is set for a seven-day trial starting Feb. 22.

Czeponis, who remains in custody on $100,000 bond, is also set for a motions hearing on Jan. 19, according to online court records.

According to a news release from Nederland police, investigators began looking into Czeponis in August for “allegations of sexual assault involving multiple female victims.”

In an arrest affidavit, at least one of the named victims in the case described Czeponis as being in a “caretaker” role, but the document did not specify how Czeponis knew the girls or how long he knew them.

The girls were juveniles at the time of the alleged assaults, according to the release.

According to the affidavit, the cruelty to animals charge stems from allegations that Czeponis threw a chihuahua over a railing, while the criminal mischief charge stems from graffiti allegations.

A warrant was issued for Czeponis on Oct. 31, and he was arrested out of state on Nov. 25 and then extradited back to Boulder County Jail.

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