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Teacher pleads not guilty to disorderly conduct
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DARLINGTON - A Darlington High School music teacher has pleaded not guilty to one disorderly conduct charge.

Music teacher Todd Richmond, 53, Platteville, made his initial appearance in Lafayette County Circuit Court on July 23.

Richmond is charged with one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct for allegedly yelling at and grabbing a 14-year-old female freshman student and pushing her into a locker on April 9.

According to the criminal complaint filed May 12 with the Lafayette County District Attorney's office, the student's mother called the Darlington Police Department a couple days after the incident to file a complaint.

The student said the incident happened during lunch hour after she got out of line to take her books, and the books of three other students, to a shelf.

The school had instituted a new rule that students are to wait in line with their books until they reach a certain spot, where they then can place books on the shelf. The student was not at the designated spot.

According to the criminal complaint, Richmond admitted to Darlington Detective Sgt. Joseph Thompson he should not have touched the student.

If found guilty, Richmond faces up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

Richmond's next appearance in court will be Sept. 24 for a status conference.