Teacher pleads innocent to molestation



SYLVESTER, Ga. (AP) -- A third-grade teacher accused of performing oral sex on a 9-year-old boy, allowing students to peek down her blouse and slashing her wrists with glass in front of her students pleaded not guilty to the 24 criminal charges she faces.

Georgianne Harrell, 24, of Norman Park, was indicted last month on two counts of aggravated child molestation, 21 counts of child molestation and one count of reckless conduct stemming from incidents alleged to have taken place in her classroom at Sylvester's Holley Elementary School between August 2004 and May.

She was to have been arraigned Tuesday, but her attorney filed documents waiving her right to an arraignment. He also entered a not-guilty plea on her behalf.

Harrell was arrested May 17, after cutting her wrists with broken glass in her classroom, officials say.

Eleven of the 24 charges against her involve a boy who was 9 at the time of the alleged attacks.

According to the indictment, she twice performed oral sex on the child in her classroom and had him fondle her and kiss her on the back and mouth.

If convicted on all charges, she could receive a maximum sentence of 60 years on the two counts of aggravated child molestation, 420 years on the 21 counts of child molestation and 12 months for reckless conduct, prosecutors said.

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