Prosecutors: DirecTV Installer Lured Girl, 8, to "Isolated Area" Before Sexually Assaulting Her

Arcadio Nova pleaded not guilty at a court appearance Thursday

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013  |  Updated 12:06 PM EDT
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A DirecTV installer who is accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl at a home where he was working appeared in court Thursday. His lawyer and a relative insisted he is not guilty.

A DirecTV installer who is accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl at a home where he was working appeared in court Thursday. His lawyer and a relative insisted he is not guilty.

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A DirecTV installer from Manhattan who is accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl in a New Jersey home allegedly lured her to an "isolated area" before attacking her, prosecutors said Thursday.

Authorities allege Arcadio Nova, 38, was preparing to install DirecTV inside a Paterson home July 3 when he assaulted the child.

He was working as an independent contractor and was not dispatched by the company. 

Nova, who lives in Washington Heights, pleaded not guilty to the charges, including aggravated sexual assault, luring and endangering the welfare of a child. His bail was set at $500,000.

Nova's lawyer said outside the courtroom that he intends to "vigorously defend the case."

"He denies it," the lawyer said.

A woman who was also there in support of Nova said in Spanish that he is innocent, and that it will be proven.

DirecTV said it was looking into the matter and had no one by that name as an employee or authorized technician. 

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