LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A former Carencro police officer has pleaded not guilty in federal court to charges of extortion and lying to federal officers in a corruption investigation into the now-shuttered Desperado's Gentlemen's Cabaret.

The Advocate reports an April 20 trial date was set for Timothy Prejean.

Prejean and his appointed attorney, David Cook, appeared Monday before a federal magistrate in Lafayette for Prejean's first appearance in federal court since a grand jury indicted him in February.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley says Prejean allegedly received regular cash payments from Desperado's owners James and Jennifer Panos, from Jan. 2007, to Dec. 5, 2012, the law enforcement raided the strip club after a lengthy undercover investigation.

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