John S. Michitson pleaded not guilty to three counts of rape and one count of strangulation during his arraignment Monday in Essex County Juvenile Court in Lawrence.
The 17-year-old son of Haverhill City Council President John A. Michitson was indicted in December as a youthful offender, which means the younger Michitson’s name may be used even though he is a juvenile, the case is now open to the public and may be covered by the news media and he faces the same penalties as an adult if convicted.
Judge José Sánchez imposed the same bail conditions on Michitson as had been in place since his original arraignment as a juvenile. Sánchez ordered Michitson to stay away from and have no contact with the victim, wear a GPS monitoring device, remain under house arrest other than to attend school, remain drug and alcohol free and to submit to random screens and abide by a restraining order.
Michitson returns to court March 27 for a pre-trial hearing. His attorney, William A. Korman of Boston, could not be reached before deadline.