Not guilty plea entered for man accused of sexually assaulting teen in La Crosse

A not guilty plea was entered on Tuesday morning for a 39-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl while camping.

Christopher L. John stood mute in La Crosse County Court so the judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

According to the criminal complaint, John went camping with the teen near the 7th Street boat landing in early June. The victim told police John put duct tape over her mouth, ear and wrists and told her that if she tried anything he would kill her. He then sexually assaulted her.

John told La Crosse investigators he went camping with the teen, but said he never had any sexual contact and he would never do something like that. John has been charged with first degree child sexual assault – intercourse with person under 16-use/threat of force/violence.

John’s next court appearance is scheduled for October 1.