A Wollongong relief teacher has appeared in court charged with twice indecently assaulting a pupil.
Stephen Joseph Nedved is accused of rubbing the back of the teenage girl’s upper leg, touching her hair and thigh and telling her she was ‘‘sexy, mature and beautiful’’ while he was teaching casually at an Illawarra school in May this year.
Nedved, a resident of North Wollongong, was charged by detectives from the Wollongong child abuse squad with two counts of aggravated indecent assault later the same month.
He was granted conditional bail.
Appearing in Wollongong Local Court on Thursday for the first time, Nedved entered pleas of not guilty to both charges, indicating he would fight the allegations.
Neatly dressed in a suit and tie, Nedved sat quietly behind his lawyer while she spoke on his behalf during the brief mention of the matter.
The case was adjourned to August 6.
A provisional apprehended violence order naming the teen as the ‘‘person in need of protection’’ was continued.