Scott City man pleads not guilty to child sex charges

Scott City man pleads not guilty to child sex charges
By: Heartland News

BENTON, Mo. -  
UPDATE - The local man accused of staging his own death to escape child sex charges pleads not guilty Tuesday.

Charles Rothman, 65, of Scott City faces charges of statutory rape and sodomy involving a 13-year-old girl.

He's been in jail on a $250,000 bond.

Police say Rothman knew officers were looking for him, so he tried to throw them off his trail by leaving his boat floating in the Diversion Channel last week.

Officers tracked him down Thursday in Poplar Bluff.