JUNEAU (AP) -- A man with more than 40 criminal convictions in Alaska since 1987 pleaded innocent Tuesday to beating and attempting to sexually assault a woman who had given him a place to stay.
Larry Rieger, 45, also faces a misdemeanor charge of interfering with a domestic violence report. The charges stem from incidents Nov. 26.
According to prosecutors, Rieger was staying with a woman after his release from the Lemon Creek Correctional Center, where he had been held on misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges.
The woman told police she and Rieger had been friends for years. When she came home the night of Nov. 26, she said, Rieger yelled at her, punched her in the mouth, grabbed her by the throat, and sexually assaulted her.
She said she tried to call police but Rieger pulled the phone cord out of the wall.
Rieger's previously has been convicted of shoplifting, disorderly conduct, drunken driving and misdemeanor assault.
Rieger is being held at Lemon Creek Correctional Center on $100,000 bail.
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