Former Bemidji teacher denies sex crime charges
BEMIDJI -- A former teacher at Voyageurs Expeditionary School in Bemidji has plead not guilty to having sex with one of his students.
A female student informed law enforcement she and Johnson were engaging in a romantic sexual relationship from October to December. Court documents say the student and Johnson engaged in sexual intercourse at least three times.
Johnson entered a not guilty plea in Beltrami County Court on Monday. He faces a third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge, which carries a maximum penalty of imprisonment for not more than 15 years and/or a $30,000 fine.
Johnson has a pre-trial scheduled for Aug. 19 in Beltrami County Court.