EL CAJON (CNS) - A man accused of repeatedly molesting a 16-year-old boy he met through MySpace.com pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a dozen criminal charges.
Jeffrey John McPherson, 41, was arrested on a warrant Tuesday and arraigned Wednesday before El Cajon Judge Charles Ervin, who kept the defendant's bail at $305,000.
Authorities had been looking for McPherson since December, when the defendant failed to show up for a court appearance, said La Mesa police Lt. Dan Willis.
Police originally arrested McPherson last June on suspicion of sexually assaulting the teenage boy over a nine-month period, Willis said.
McPherson faces nearly 13 years in state prison if convicted of oral copulation, sodomy on a child, possessing harmful matter depicting a minor engaging in sexual conduct, annoying or molesting a child and committing a lewd act on a child, said Deputy District Attorney Heather Trocha.
The judge scheduled a readiness conference for Feb. 24 and a preliminary hearing for March 1.