- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Cranston middle school teacher has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy more than 10 years ago.

Matthew Sheridan pleaded not guilty Thursday in Providence to charges of first- and second-degree sexual assault. He was released on bail and a no contact order was issued.

The state attorney general’s office says the 48-year-old Western Hills Middle School teacher assaulted a boy he knew between June 2003 and July 2004 in Cranston. The office says the boy was 15 and 16 years old.

State police concluded that the alleged assaults weren’t connected to Sheridan’s role as a teacher and no other victims have been identified.

The school department says it placed Sheridan on paid leave.

Sheridan’s attorney says the charges are inconsistent with the facts and contrary to Sheridan’s character and reputation.

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