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Published: Thursday, 3/10/2005

Defiance teacher pleads not guilty to sex charge

DEFIANCE - A Defiance High School teacher indicted on four counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor pleaded not guilty yesterday in Defiance County Common Pleas Court.

Andrew Richard Whalen, 30, a shop and math teacher who lives in Defiance, was released from the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, Stryker, on a $50,000 unsecured surety bond posted by his parents.

Defiance students are not thought to be involved in the incidents for which Mr. Whalen, a first-year teacher in the district, was indicted.

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