BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A former chair of the Erie County Democratic
Committee pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he sexually
assaulted a child who was younger than 11.
G. Steven Pigeon, 61, was ordered held without bail after his
arraignment on five felony charges including rape and predatory
sexual assault against a child. He also faces a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child.
If convicted, the once high-profile political figure could be
sentenced to life in prison.
“I believe he should be in jail for the rest of his life,” District Attorney John Flynn said at a news conference.
“This is rape. This isn't child molestation,” Flynn said.