A local anti-porn activist pleaded not guilty to sex crime charges on Wednesday.

Donny Pauling Jr. was arraigned via video link from the Sutter County Jail.

Judge Susan E. Green set Pauling's bail at $500,000. She also told him if he posts bail, he must surrender his passport. Pauling is due back in court on Dec. 10.

When discussing an appropriate bail amount, Deputy District Attorney Anu Chopra said the alleged victim told law enforcement that Pauling has a tracking device on her cellphone, obsesses about her, threatened to harm her and himself, and has two firearms. She said Pauling threatened to kill himself if she told law enforcement, Chopra said.

Pauling, an author and motivational speaker who talks as an anti-porn activist about his former nine-year career in the pornography industry, said little during the hearing. He denied that he threatened to harm himself.

Pauling, 41, was charged with lewd and lascivious acts with a child 14 or 15 when the defendant was at least more than 10 years older than the alleged victim and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. The crimes are alleged to have occurred between Oct. 1, 2012, and last month. A 16-year-old girl reported Sunday that Pauling had ongoing sexual contact with her for three years.

The girl said the crimes were committed in Sutter and Shasta counties.

A misdemeanor criminal complaint was filed in October 2012 against Pauling in Shasta County Superior Court for annoying or molesting a child under 18. The alleged crime occurred on Jan. 1, 2010.

That case was dismissed in June 2013, according to an official with the Shasta County District Attorney's Office.

Pauling wrote about the case publicly around the time the charges were filed. He said a woman with whom he had gotten in a fight was responsible for the false accusations.

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