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Rape Charge: Former Gym Teacher Pleads Not Guilty to Raping 8-Year-Old in 1999

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A former gym teacher is answering to horrific rape charges stemming back to the late 90s.

Jeffrey Joseph pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and rape charges in court on Thursday.

The 55-year-old is accused of raping a second grade girl in the bathroom of Miles Elementary in 1999.

The victim recently came forward with the sexual assault allegation, and told a principal in Summit County.

Earlier by phone, Joseph told 19 Action News he's upset and he hopes this never happens to anybody - someone coming forward with old sex assault claims.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutors and sex crimes detectives say they have reason to believe the victim's claims, despite her delay in coming forward. So, they're pressing the charges.

The Parma man's bond was set at $25K. No word on his next court date at this time.

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