AYER -- A 66-year-old Level 3 sex offender from Townsend was ordered held on $350,000 cash bail after he pleaded not guilty to child rape and molestation charges.

In Ayer District Court on Monday, George B. Peterson, who lists his address as 46 Mason Road, pleaded not a guilty to charges of rape of a child by force - subsequent offense, indecent assault and battery on a child's under 14- subsequent offense, and aggravated rape of a child, according to the Middlesex District Attorney's Office.

Peterson was arrested Monday in Townsend. The details of the case were not immediately available.

Peterson was ordered held on $350,000 cash bail with conditions that if he can post bail, he is to stay away and have no contact with the victim and the victim's family.

Peterson's next court date is a pretrial conference on Feb. 19.