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Del. Teacher Charged with Sexual Relationship with Student Pleads Not Guilty

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Richard L. Howell II Richard L. Howell II
CAMDEN, Del.- A Caesar Rodney High School wrestling coach and teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student appeared in court Thursday, where he pleaded not guilty to 50 counts of sexual offenses. 

Richard L. Howell II, of Wyoming, Del., was arrested in January after Delaware State Police said an investigation revealed he was sexually involved with a 17-year-old female student, from early March 2014 through late December 2014.

In court Thursday, Howell was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a child by a person of trust, 27 counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a child by a person of trust, and seven counts of sexual solicitation of a child under 18 to engage in prohibited sexual act. 

According to Delaware Department of Justice spokesman Carl Kanefsky, two counts of fourth-degree rape and one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child were dropped. A case review is scheduled for June 9, Kaefsky said.

Detectives with the Delaware State Police Criminal Investigations Unit said Howell and the student allegedly engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior at least nine different times on school grounds as well as several times at his Wyoming home.

Caesar Rodney School District spokesperson Ron Gough said Howell was suspended without pay on Jan. 15. He submitted a letter of resignation to the district on April 9. The Caesar Rodney School Board officially accepted his letter of resignation on April 21, Gough said.

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