Teacher Charged With Sexual Misconduct Enters Not Guilty Plea

By Scott Sarvay
By Max Resnik

January 25, 2011 Updated Jan 25, 2011 at 5:46 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The Blackhawk Middle School teacher charged with sexual misconduct with a minor appeared in court for the first time this morning.

Justin Edwards, the 38 year-old former teacher and wrestling coach at Blackhawk Middle School said, "I have no comment. My lawyers asked me not to say anything until we're all through this. I'll have plenty to say when it's all done," when asked about the allegations made against him.

With his lawyer at his side Edwards pleaded not guilty to the Class B Felony Count of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor.

Indiana's NewsCenter broke this story earlier this month.

The girl is now in high school, and alleges that she and Edwards had intercourse as part of a relationship that began when she was a student at Blackhawk Middle School. Details of court documents describe one sexual encounter that took place in the wrestling mat room of Blackhawk Middle School during summer vacation.

The documents also outline how the girl told investigators she would talk to Edwards as if he were her other dad and that the two communicated through text message.

Edwards thanked the community for their support today before his initial appearance. He said, “I just miss everybody and I thank everybody for all the support I’ve gotten from everybody. Tremendous amount of support from the community, and I feel really blessed to have everybody doing what they’re doing so… Unfortunate circumstance.”

Edwards is due back in court in March.




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