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Teacher pleads not guilty to child sex battery charges

11:58 AM, Oct 8, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Duval County Public Schools teacher who was arrested on multiple sexual battery charges on victims less than 12 years of age pleaded not guilty to all charges Monday.

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Michael Lloyd Worrell, 61, was arrested Sept. 4 after three different juveniles came forward and reported that Worrell "sexually assaulted them in various local hotels," according to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office report.

Worrell's pretrial date was set for Nov. 27.

The assaults are said to have taken place between 2006 and 2012. Worrell faces four sexual battery charges on a victim younger than 12 and one charge of lewd/lascivious conduct on a victim less than 16, according to the report.

Worrell was hired by DCPS in 2003 as a substitute teacher. He then began teaching fourth grade at S.P. Livingston Elementary School in 2006.

After that, Worrell taught at Paxon Middle School from 2009-2011, and then fourth grade at Greenfield Elementary School during the 2011-2012 school year. He started the 2012-2013 school year at Greenfield on August 20 and was removed from the classroom August 22, according to DCPS spokesperson Jill Johnson.

 

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