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A former Killip Elementary teacher has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and child molestation. According to court records, Ted Komada pleaded not guilty to three counts of sexual assault, one count of molestation and one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child, last week. He is awaiting trial in the Coconino County Jail.

Komada, who was a teacher and chess coach at Killip for 14 years, was arrested in January on suspicion of molesting two children. He resigned as a teacher the same day. According to police reports, Komada told a witness that he never abused any of his students.

Komada was named STEM teacher of the year in 2016. He is due to appear before Judge Cathleen Brown Nichols for a case management hearing on April 23.

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Education/Business Reporter

Suzanne writes about education and business. She covers the local school district, charter schools and Northern Arizona University. She also writes the Sunday business features.

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