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Former Warren County, New Jersey, sheriff, accused of sex assault, says he didn't do it

Edward Bullock rejects plea deal from prosecution, pleads not guilty

Former sheriff accused of sex assault says he didn't do it

BELVIDERE, N.J. - A former Warren County sheriff facing sexual assault charges says he didn't do it.

Edward Bullock entered a not guilty plea in court Friday morning.

The prosecution offered Bullock, 85, a plea deal that would have sent him to prison for seven years.

Bullock walked into the courtroom using a walker, and when asked if he had anything to say, he replied: "I don't even know what's going on."

Bullock is facing six counts of sexual assault for an alleged incident that took place on or about Jan. 7,  1988, with a 10-year-old boy.

Bullock was the Warren County sheriff at the time.

The prosecution offered Bullock a plea deal, in exchange for Bullock pleading guilty to two counts of sexual assault. The first count carried a the stiffer penalty.

"We have agreed and recommended that he be sentenced as a second degree offender with an exposure of seven years in New Jersey state prison," said Michael McDonald, first assistant prosecutor for Warren County.

The deal was rejected by defense council and Bullock headed out of the courtroom, but the prosecution said that was its best offer.

"If you reject the plea offer, the next plea offer you receive will be more," McDonald added.

Bullock and his attorney declined comment as they walked out of the courthouse.

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