A Sisseton man has pleaded not guilty to the sexual abuse of a child younger than 12. 29-year-old Joel Max is accused of abusing a child between September of 2016 and June 2018 in Roberts County. He faces three counts of sexual abuse and one count of aggravated abuse of a child. Each charges carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, with a mandatory minimum of five years. Max if found guilty could also face a $250,000 fine for each charge.