Former Counselor Pleads Innocent to Rape

Former Counselor Pleads Innocent to Rape

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FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) -- Former Northridge High School guidance counselor Curtis Scott Ward has pleaded innocent to rape charges that allege he had sexual relations with a student.

Ward, 23, Layton, entered the plea Tuesday before Judge Rodney S. Page, who set a pretrial conference for Aug. 3.

Ward was arrested at the school in February following an investigation by Layton police.

He was accused of having sexual encounter with a 17-year-old girl both at the school and at his home.

Ward was charged with rape on the ground that he had a position of special trust.

He had been employed by the district in different positions since 1992.

Ward was on administrative leave from his arrest until the end of the school year, when his contract expired.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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