High school teacher accused of sexual assault pleads not guilty

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by Jesse Tovar

MILWAUKEE -- Megan Garland, a former Messmer High School teacher, pleads not guilty in court after being accused of sexually assaulting two students.

The criminal complaint says that a security guard caught Garland engaged in a sexual act with a 14-year-old boy in the parking lot of Destiny High School on Milwaukee's northwest side. Both Garland and the teen were detained in the office of Destiny High School as police were called to the school. The 14-year-old admitted to adults that he in fact engaged in sex acts with Garland.

Milwaukee police say Garland attempted to commit suicide after being found out and was treated for her injuries.

A second victim has also come forward. A 15-year-old student told police Garland groped him while getting a ride from her. According to the criminal complaint, Garland gave the boy a few dollars so he could get food from McDonald's, and accidentally gave him $5. She allegedly went through his pockets for the $5 bill and slid her hand s down the boy's pants for a few minutes.

Since pleading not guilty, the case is adjourned to August 26, 2013 for a final pretrial/motion hearing at 8:15 a.m.

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