Man pleads not guilty to assaulting Mesa principal, teachers

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Newley Ryan Broughton discusses the incident with 3TV. By Jennifer Thomas Newley Ryan Broughton discusses the incident with 3TV. By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A man who was arrested for allegedly assaulting members of the staff at his child's elementary school pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning.

Newley Ryan Broughton, 36, of Gilbert, was arrested Jan. 30 after he tried to pick up his 5-year-old son at Madison Elementary School in Mesa.

Broughton and the boy's mother have a joint custody agreement that allows Broughton to pick up his son on certain days of the week.

When school officials told Broughton that he wouldn't be able to leave with his child, police said he became belligerent and assaulted the principal and three teachers.

According to court documents, Broughton raised his arm and was going to punch a teacher. Another school employee told him to stop and that is when he allegedly pushed two female school employees and one landed on the other on the ground.

Police arrested Broughton at his home. He was charged with four counts of aggravated assault.

Broughton said he was supposed to pick up his son from school that day and denied assaulting anyone.

"I never came face to face, I never pushed anyone," Broughton said in an interview with 3TV. "I never touched anyone with one of my fingers -- ever."

Broughton said he started to leave with his son and the school employees attempted to stop him.

"The principal is pulling on my son's leg ... I have him with my arms. She pulled so hard it ripped his shoe off of his foot and she fell back, I think. She says I pushed her. I was never face to face with her."

He is due back in court on May 22.