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Former Heritage teacher pleads not guilty to child molestation

CONYERS -- Former Heritage High School art teacher Leslie Howard Mosley Jr. has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges related to having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

During Thursday's arraignment, Mosley, 37, 1511 North Cheney Drive, Vidalia, pleaded not guilty to child molestation, two counts of aggravated child molestation and two counts of sexual assault by a person with supervisory or disciplinary authority. A motion hearing is scheduled for Oct. 18.

The Rockdale County Board of Education terminated Mosley in March, along with reporting him to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and the Department of Family and Children Services. The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office arrested him in April after discovering his alleged relationship with a student.

After fellow students informed HHS Principal Greg Fowler of the alleged relationship in March, school administrators confronted him, and later Mosley admitted to law enforcement officers that he had a sexual relationship with the student.

Evidence showed that Mosley wrote the student notes, songs and electronic messages on Facebook and her cellphone from a time period when she was 15 to her age of 17 in March, according to an RCPS investigation. They also created art and music together, he said.

Mosley admitted to a sexual relationship with her after she was 16 years old, which is the age of consent in Georgia; however, law enforcement determined after an investigation that they had a relationship when she was as young as 15.

Mosley, who is being represented by attorney David LaMalva, has since bonded out of jail. His bond was set at $50,000.