Updated June 29, 10:12 a.m.
Rufus Shearer Jr., the 59-year-old suspended Owenton police officer charged with first-degree rape and incest last month, was arraigned in Russell County Circuit Court Tuesday.
According to the Russell County Circuit Clerk's Office, Shearer pleaded not guilty to the charges. His attorney, Jeffrey Hoover, of Jamestown, Ky., was also present.
The arraignment was his first court appearance since his arrest at the Owenton Police Department May 26.
Shearer's next court date is set for Aug. 23.