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Published November 15, 2010, 04:01 PM

Thief River Falls Man Pleads Not Guilty to Raping 14-Year-Old Girl

A 20-year-old Thief River Falls man facing charges in the rape of a 14-year-old girl has pled not guilty.

A 20-year-old Thief River Falls man facing charges in the rape of a 14-year-old girl has pled not guilty.

Lawrence Knuckles is charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct.

According to court documents, the victim went to an apartment with a friend.

The victim says Knuckles took her into the bedroom and had sex with her, even though she told him "no" and tried to push him off her.

Knuckles faces a maximum of 30 years in prison and a $60,000 fine.

Knuckles' pre-trial is set for December.

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