Trevis Smith pleads not guilty to Sask. sex charge

Saskatchewan Roughrider Trevis Smith has pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated sexual assault in Regina and is scheduled for trial next April.

The player is accused of having sex with a woman without advising her of his HIV-positive status. Police allege the incident took place sometime between July 17 and Sept. 14 in Saskatchewan.

Smith didn't personally appear in court on Monday to enter the plea.

The linebacker is also facing trial in Surrey, B.C., in May on a similar charge.

Smith was arrested on Oct. 28 in Regina and charged with aggravated sexual assault of a British Columbia woman following the conclusion of a months-long RCMP investigation.

When the first charge was brought, the RCMP announced they were publicizing Smith's HIV status in the interest of public safety. It is alleged that the offences in B.C. took place between November 2003 and May 2005.

The Saskatchewan charge followed in November.

The football player is currently on bail for both the B.C. and Sask. charges but must abide by a number of conditions, including he stay out of bars, not be alone with any female excluding his wife, obey a curfew and practice safe sex.

Smith is married and has two children.

He has played for Saskatchewan since 1999, but was left off the roster for the East semifinal in Montreal in November in the wake of the controversy. The club placed him on the team's disabled list.

The Roughriders have not announced if Smith will be retained next season.

with files from Canadian Press