Not guilty plea from Buckeye teacher accused of molestation

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(Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
BUCKEYE, AZ (AP) -

A substitute teacher at a Buckeye elementary school who's accused of inappropriately touching two female students has pleaded not guilty.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials say Brian Scritchfield entered his plea Friday.

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His next scheduled court appearance is an initial pretrial conference on Oct. 10.

The 28-year-old Scritchfield was arrested Aug. 10 on suspicion of one count of child molestation and two counts of aggravated assault of a minor.

Police went to Westpark Elementary after school officials reported that two girls - ages 12 and 13 - had been inappropriately touched by a teacher.

Scritchfield, of Litchfield Park, was employed by a temporary agency contracted by the Buckeye Elementary School District.

District officials have already announced that Scritchfield won't be returning to any campus in their district.

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