“But this charge means there was a sexual encounter,” Fornshell said. He added that contact took place in a car in a parking lot the week before the arrest.
MORE: Franklin teacher facing sex charge involving a student enters plea
The Franklin High School teacher accused of sexting a student entered a not guilty plea in Franklin Municipal Court Friday. Madalyn Arnett is charged with sexual battery.
Arnett pleaded not guilty to the charge at arraignment in Franklin Municipal Court.
On Friday, she waived her right to a preliminary hearing, which meant Judge Ron Ruppert automatically bound the case over to a Warren County grand jury for consideration.
After the hearing, Arnett’s attorney Jon Paul Rion had little comment, noting it is early in the case.
“The investigation is just beginning so we have some information to work off of,” Rion said. “We are obviously developing our own case and the facts that support it. We really do not have any conclusions to draw at this time.”
According to state records, Arnett was issued a teaching license to instruct social studies for grades 7-12 in May 2017. Prior to that, she was issued a short-term substitute teaching license for general education.