An Ohio high school teacher has pleaded not guilty to having sex repeatedly with a female student almost 20 years ago.

48-year-old Kimberly Siracuse was arrested Sunday on three counts of sexual battery stemming from incidents that stemmed way back from 1997.

She works as a social studies teacher at Ashland High School but has been on paid leave since March.

Police turned over the results of their investigation to the prosecutor’s office back in June. Ms. Siracuse was taken into custody at just after 9 p.m. Sunday at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Ashland.

A grand jury indicted her last week on the three sexual battery counts following a long investigation.

Each count carries a possible sentence of up to five years in prison. The statute of limitations on the charges is 20 years.

She was released from jail on a personal recognizance bond Monday after pleading not guilty to the charges.

As a condition of her release, she’s barred from having any contact with the victim or any student or staff at the school unless required for her work.

She’s scheduled to go on trial next March.


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