Seth Carey looks at a notepad in a Portland courtroom, Aug. 15, 2018. Credit: Jake Bleiberg

Seth Carey, a former Republican candidate for district attorney and Auburn lawyer, has been accused of practicing law without a license.

The Sun Journal reports that Carey, 44, of Rumford on Wednesday entered a not guilty plea through his attorney, James Howaniec of Lewiston.

The charges stem from an investigation by the Maine attorney general’s office, which alleged in a complaint that Carey practiced law or represented himself as a lawyer from April to Nov. 6, 2018, when he was barred from practicing law, according to the Journal.

Last year, Carey launched an unsuccessful bid for district attorney for Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties despite having his license suspended and the state party calling on him to drop out. His law license was suspended in the spring after a woman accused him of sexual assault.

In November, a judge issued a permanent protection order against Carey prohibiting him from having any contact with the woman.

In December, Carey was prohibited from practicing law in Maine for the next three years after a superior court judge found Carey violated rules of professional conduct by engaging in unlawful sexual contact and tampering with a witness, according to Maine Public. The judge also ordered Carey to undergo treatment for a personality disorder.

Carey has denied the allegations against him.