A former Inderkum High School teacher arrested last fall on suspicion of having sex with students entered not guilty pleas Thursday in Sacramento Superior Court ahead of a scheduled August preliminary hearing on the allegations.
Byron Wallace was arrested in October 2015, accused of intercourse with a minor in connection with the alleged sex acts. Within days, a second teenager came forward with claims that Wallace also engaged in a sex act with her when she was 17 and a student at the North Natomas campus.
Wallace, who posted bond soon after his arrest and remains free on bail, is scheduled to return Aug. 11 to Sacramento Superior Court for the preliminary hearing. The August hearing will determine whether enough evidence exists for the case to proceed to trial.
Wallace, 34, faces eight felony counts including intercourse with a minor and oral copulation with a minor connected to the allegations.
Sacramento police began investigating Wallace in May 2015 after the first teen, now an adult, indicated she had an intimate relationship with Wallace in 2014 when she was 17, police officials said.
Wallace was initially placed on administrative leave but resigned his position in 2015 following a Natomas Unified School District investigation and plans by the district to dismiss him.
One of the former students in June filed a civil suit in Sacramento Superior Court alleging Wallace groomed the then-teenager with the intent of sexually and emotionally exploiting her, manipulating the girl into a sexual relationship during her senior year.