HARVEYSBURG, Ohio -- An Ohio village mayor charged with sexual imposition says any touching he did of a village employee was accidental.
The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News (http://bit.ly/1m336fP ) reports that 75-year-old Harveysburg Mayor Richard Verga says if physical contact occurred, it was "a pure accident."
He was charged this week after a female employee said he touched her buttocks before a council meeting last month.
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Verga pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor count at his arraignment.
Verga has refused council's request that he take a leave of absence pending resolution of the case.
He is due back in Warren County court on June 11.
Harveysburg is a village of some 550 people, about 30 miles southeast of Dayton.
Its busiest time is when it hosts the Ohio Renaissance Festival, which opens Aug. 30 this year.