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WOLCOTT — A Connecticut high school gym teacher and basketball coach charged with sexually assaulting a student has pleaded not guilty.

The Republican American reports that 49-year-old Michael Forgione was charged Sept. 5 with fourth-degree sexual assault, risk of injury to a minor and second-degree breach of peace.

He pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.

Forgione is a gym teacher at Wolcott High School and girls’ basketball coach at Southington High School.

Police say a student filed a complaint in May claiming Forgione rubbed up against her during gym class.

Forgione’s attorney, Ioannis Kaloidis, calls the claim “ridiculous,” saying none of the other students present recall seeing the alleged assault.

Kaloidis says he will push for a jury trial.

Forgione, who is free on $10,000 bond, has been placed on administrative leave.

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