WINHALL – An eighth-grade teacher at the Mountain School was arraigned on two felony counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child on Monday after police said one of his students had reported he had kissed her and touched her buttocks.
Bryan Love, 37, of Hebron, N.Y., pleaded innocent to the charges on Monday in Bennington criminal court. He was released without bail.
Detective Anthony Silvestro, of the Bennington Police Department, said he had been assigned to the case because of his assignment with the Bennington County Special Investigations Unit. Silvestro said he was notified by the Department of Children and Families.
The girl, who is 14, told investigators she had a crush on Love. While many of the incidents she described involved the girl making comments or overtures to Love, she also said he had touched her buttocks and kissed her in the gymnasium.
According to the girl, both incidents took place at the school.
Silvestro said when he contacted Love on Nov. 26, Love told him the Mountain School had put him on leave with pay based on an allegation made to the school through the Vermont Department of Children and Families.
– Patrick McArdle