A Belcourt man accused of raping a 16-year-old girl at gunpoint has pleaded not guilty.

The Minot Daily News reports that 20-year-old Demitri Gourneau faces a felony gross sexual imposition charge in the alleged September 2016 incident. He would face at least 20 years in prison and a possible life term if he's convicted.

Gourneau's attorney has questioned why his client wasn't charged until five months after the alleged assault.