PHOENIX (3TV/CBS5) -- Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen has pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 19 federal charges related to his alleged involvement in an international adoption fraud ring.
Petersen entered the plea during a court hearing in Arkansas on Tuesday.
His bond was set at $100,000. Upon his release, he will be allowed to return to Arizona, but will be required to wear an ankle monitor.
The county confirmed to Arizona's Family that Petersen would not have access to his office if he returns to Phoenix. While he won't be permitted into his office, he will be allowed inside the county building like any other member of the public.
His plea comes just one day after the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to suspend Petersen for 120 days without pay.
Petersen, who was arrested earlier this month, has 10 days to appeal his suspension. That appeal would be made to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.
The supervisors are expected to meet in an executive session Wednesday to begin the process of selecting a replacement for Petersen. A decision could be made by the end of that meeting.
Petersen's attorney, Kuty Altman, said he does not expect Petersen to be at that meeting.
Petersen is accused of running a human smuggling scheme involving pregnant women from the Marshall Islands who were brought to the U.S. to give birth for adoptions.
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The women were crammed into homes owned or rented by Petersen, sometimes with little to no prenatal care, authorities have said in court documents.
The paperwork indicates Petersen has been involved in adoptions with Marshallese babies as far back as 2005.
Petersen faces charges in Arizona, Arkansas and Utah including human smuggling, sale of a child, fraud, forgery and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Petersen was appointed to the position of county assessor in 2013, won a special election in 2014, and was re-elected in 2016. The county assessor is in charge of property valuation.