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Bennett Enters Not Guilty Plea

A Melcher-Dallas High School teacher charged with second-degree sexual abuse has submitted a written not guilty plea. 40 year-old David Loren Bennett was arrested on January 18th after having inappropriate contact with a female juvenile student. Bennett has waived his right to a speedy trial and a pre-trial conference has been ordered for April 15th with an anticipated 3 day trial scheduled to begin at 8:30am on August 16th in the Marion County Courthouse.