RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California elementary school teacher has pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing students.
Ronald Guinto entered his plea to more than two dozen charges including kidnapping, forcible lewd acts on a child and forcible oral copulation on a minor during his arraignment hearing in Contra Costa County Superior Court on Friday.
Authorities say two students attending a Richmond charter school where Guinto previously taught and was fired, told police about the alleged sexual misconduct that occurred for nearly a year.
Police issued an arrest warrant after discovering that the 32-year-old Guinto was teaching at another school in Richmond.
Guinto is being held on $17 million bail and has been placed on administrative leave.
His lawyers, Robert and Anne Beles, said Guinto has no criminal history and declined further comment.