A former Cloverdale special education teacher pleaded not guilty in court Monday to a felony charge of battery following accusations that he broke a student's hand during an altercation in the classroom on Jan. 11.
Scott W. Porter, 31, appeared in Putnam Circuit Court Monday along with his attorney Jeff Boggess where the judge set his pre-trial hearing for 1 p.m. March 17.
Putnam County Pros-ecutor Tim Bookwalter charged Porter, an eight-year veteran of the school, with a class D felony charge of battery last week following an investigation.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Porter was teaching an anger management class to emotionally disabled children, during which time he placed 15-year-old student Jordan Mundy in a headlock because the student was making fun of him.
The student claims Porter pulled his index finger backwards during the scuffle, causing it to break. He also said the teacher told him not to report it to the school nurse -- claims the teacher denies.
Porter resigned after the allegations surfaced.