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Former teacher pleads not guilty to sex charges

A former Beaumont Junior High School science teacher pleaded not guilty Friday to sodomy and rape charges stemming from allegations by two students in the late 1970s.

Jack Russell Hubbard, 61, appeared in Fayette Circuit Court for his arraignment on four counts of first-degree sodomy and one count of first-degree rape. Former students Thomas "Beau" Goodman III and Carol Lynne Maner made the accusations.

Hubbard, who now lives in Texas, was arrested in July 2007 in Pennsylvania as Maner testified in a civil trial in Lexington against the Fayette County school board. Maner, who accused the school board of ignoring a pattern of alleged sexual abuse against her by several school board employees, won a $3.9 million verdict. An appeal by the board is pending.

On Friday, Judge James D. Ishmael Jr. scheduled a pretrial conference Jan. 29, at which time any motions will be discussed. A trial date might be scheduled during a status conference Jan. 30. The dates were set on consecutive days to cut down on Hubbard's travel time from Texas.

The Herald-Leader generally does not identify people who allege sexual abuse. But Maner came forward after she filed the civil lawsuit, and Goodman's attorneys have discussed the case after Maner filed her lawsuit.

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