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Forsyth man pleads not guilty to charges he sexually assaulted 2 McLean County students
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Forsyth man pleads not guilty to charges he sexually assaulted 2 McLean County students

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BLOOMINGTON — A McLean County Unit 5 first-grade teacher from Forsyth pleaded not guilty Friday to charges he sexually assaulted two students since 2005.

Jonathan "Jon" Hovey, 47 entered the pleas to two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault, both Class X felonies, and four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse (Class 2), before Judge Scott Drazewski in McLean County Circuit Court.

"Mr. Hovey is not guilty of the charges made against him," his attorney, Tristan Bullington, told reporters after Friday's arraignment. "We'll be presenting a vigorous defense to the charges. We ask that the public reserve judgment until all the facts are available to them."

Hovey has been on unpaid administrative leave from the Normal-based district since April and was released Saturday after he posted $10,035. Police have acknowledged the possibility there could be more victims.

Contact Derek Beigh at (309) 820-3234. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_beigh

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