Former principal pleads not guilty to charge involving 11-year-old student, charge downgraded


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CHELSEA, Vermont — A former principal who was fired from the Tunbridge Central School after being accused of having inappropriate contact with a child has pleaded not guilty.

The Valley News reports ( Richard Talbot pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of engaging in a prohibited act involving an 11-year-old student.

He was originally charged with lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, a felony. But Orange County State's Attorney William Porter said the facts of the case merited the lesser charge.

Vermont State Police started investigating the 68-year-old Talbot of South Royalton in February.

The school board says Talbot was placed on administrative leave from the school on January 20 and fired March 2, after a personnel investigation was completed.

Information from: Lebanon Valley News,

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