A Liberty man accused of stealing from his employers pleaded not guilty to the charge Tuesday in Adams County Circuit Court.

55 year old John Esselman is charged with one count of theft over $10,000.

Esselman is alleged to have stolen at least $40,000 over several years from Michelmann Steel Construction Company, where he was employed as the front office manager.

He was arrested August 23rd. The case is scheduled to go to trial in January.

Esselman remains free on bond.