PARADISE, Calif. - Paradise Councilman Mike Zuccolillo pleaded not guilty on July 10 to felony charges.
He is accused of contacting a minor with intent to have sex, disturbing harmful matter and trying to meet a minor for lewd purposes.
Zuccolillo, the former vice mayor, was arrested in April on the charges.
Prosecutors say he thought he was corresponding with a 16-year-old girl, but instead, it was someone he had a falling out with over a business deal. That person alerted authorities, who investigated, then made the arrest.
Zuccolillo is due back in court on August 13 to set a date for a preliminary hearing.