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Ex-Woodland High teacher charged with molestation

Former Woodland High School teacher Scott Sorgent, 44, pleaded not guilty to molestation charges earlier this week in Yolo Superior Court, according to the Woodland Daily Democrat.

Sorgent was arrested in May for allegedly inappropriately touching a female student and making suggestive comments about her body. He is being charged with lewd or laviscious acts against a 14- or 15-year-old, a felony, as well as misdemeanor charges of sexual battery and child molestation.

Sorgent, who taught computer skills to classes of mostly ninth-graders, was placed on paid administrative leave through the end of the 2016-17 academic year, Woodland Joint Unified School District spokeswoman Callie Lutz said. June 9 marked his last day as a district employee, Lutz said.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 30.

Last week, Sorgent posted a Facebook status saying he had been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism. He asked people to excuse unspecified past behavior and wrote, “I’m working on improving my social communications.”

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052; @BenjyEgel