DUDLEY, Mass. (AP) - An Oxford High School gym teacher has been held on $5,000 bail after pleading not guilty to charges that he inappropriately touched a young girl.

Dung Nguyen was arraigned in Dudley District Court on Monday on charges including aggravated rape and indecent assault and battery on a child.

Prosecutors say the 40-year-old Nguyen touched the girl over her clothes on numerous occasions over the past two years and progressed to touching under her clothes. The girl's mother contacted police last weekend.

Prosecutors did not disclose the girl's relationship to the teacher, and said she is "approximately 14 years old."

The Telegram & Gazette reports that Nguyen's lawyer sought $500 bail arguing his client was married but separated, works as a teacher, turned himself in to police, and has no criminal record. ___