CASPER, Wyo. — A Wyoming businessman pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he raped a 20-year-old woman.

Tony Cercy, of Casper, entered the pleas to three felony charges during an arraignment Wednesday in Natrona County District Court. He did not speak other than to plead not guilty and answer procedural questions.

In district court, criminal trials are typically scheduled to last three days. However, both the prosecution and defense in the case say a three-day trial would be too short.

Cercy is facing first-, second- and third-degree charges of sexual assault. The first-degree charge is punishable by up to 50 years in prison.

The woman has alleged Cercy raped her on a couch June 25 at his Alcova house. She told investigators she woke to him performing oral sex on her.

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