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Elias Acevedo Update: Convicted Ohio sex offender reported to be Ariel Castro's neighbor pleads not guilty to 293 counts, including murder, rape, kidnapping

Elias Acevedo in court.
CBS affiliate WOIO

(CBS/AP) CLEVELAND - Elias Acevedo, a Cleveland man who is reported to have lived down the street from Ariel Castro, appeared in court Monday morning and pleaded not guilty to 293 counts, including aggravated murder, rape, kidnapping and gross sexual imposition, reports CBS affiliate WOIO.

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His bond was reportedly set at $5 million.

Acevedo was indicted by a grand jury on Thursdayon charges in the October 1994 slaying of his neighbor, 30-year-old Pamela Pemberton, after new information recently surfaced in the disappearance of another young woman.

The 49-year-old Acevedo is also accused in the death of another woman called "Jane Doe" in 1995.

He is charged with four counts of aggravated murder, 173 counts of rape, 115 counts of kidnapping and one count of gross sexual imposition, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said.

Prosecutors said they believe Acevedo is linked to the 1995 disappearance of Christina Adkins, who was 18 and pregnant when she vanished.

An FBI evidence team recently discovered human remains not far from where Pemberton's body was found. An identification card belonging to Adkins was found nearby, and the medical examiner's office is working to determine if the remains are those of Adkins.

Acevedo, a convicted sex offender, also has been indicted in a separate case as a result of a rape kit that was recently tested from a 1993 case, McGinty said.

Authorities have re-examined the disappearances of other women in Cleveland, following the discovery of three women held captive for a decade in Ariel Castro's Cleveland home.

Castro was found hanged in his prison cellon Sept. 3 after being receiving a life sentence.

Following Castro's arrest earlier this year, police found that Acevedo was a registered sex offender who had not reported his current address, which was down the street from Castro's house, Reuters reports.

"This should send a message to other sex offenders that you can run, but you cannot hide; and as a promise kept to survivors and their families, we will never forget, nor will we ever give up," McGinty said in a written statement.

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