The former Monroe County equal employment opportunity manager is facing charges of obstruction of justice.
The Reverend Ronald House was arraigned in Buffalo Thursday on a six count indictment. He's accused of obstructing justice on behalf of four different criminal defendants who have cases pending in federal court.
According to the indictment, House told three of the defendants he could get them lighter sentences in exchange for money. In the case of the fourth defendant, House is accused of making false and fraudulent statements to a probation officer.
House pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was released on pre-trial supervision.
Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.