The teacher accused of sexual battery in Giles County, Tennessee pleaded not guilty during an arraignment hearing on Tuesday.
Edward Ray Bryan, of Lacey's Spring, Alabama, was booked into jail Monday on two counts of sexual battery by an authority figure. His bond was set at $40,000.
According to officials, a student and parent came forward to the district last week and reported the allegations. Bryan was suspended with pay, pending an outcome of the criminal investigation.
Bryan is a special education teacher at Richland School, and the alleged victim is a special education student.
The district would not discuss the specifics of the allegation, but investigators said Bryan had unwanted sexual contact with a student. They did say Bryan does not have a history of disciplinary action.
At Tuesday's hearing, Bryan was appointed a public defender and his next court date is set for Oct. 3.
According to the Morgan County, Alabama superintendent, Bryan was a special education teacher at Brewer from 1993 to 1996.
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