ATHENS, Ohio -- A southeast Ohio village police chief suspected of helping a woman avoid arrest has pleaded not guilty on 12 counts, including obstructing justice.

The Athens Messenger ( ) reports Glouster Chief Lucas Mace entered the same plea Wednesday on six misdemeanor counts of dereliction of duty, single felony counts of theft in office and having criminal tools, and another misdemeanor, failing to aid law enforcement.

The Athens County prosecutor says Mace knew the woman was wanted by authorities and should have arrested her.

He says Mace instead took the woman to dinner, let her to stay at his home and gave authorities misleading information.

Mace's attorney, Joe Nemec, is seeking a gag order in court, arguing that it will be difficult to find jurors because of media coverage of the case.