A woman who taught at an East Los Angeles high school pleaded not guilty Wednesday to sex-related charges involving a 15-year-old male student.
Gina Murry, who worked at the East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy at Esteban E. Torres High School, is charged with six counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and four counts each of committing a lewd act on a child, oral copulation of a person under 16 and sexual penetration by a foreign object.
Prosecutors allege the crimes occurred during a two-month period that began in May. Murry was arrested Sept. 5 and was released the same day on $250,000 bail, which was increased to $610,000 during a court hearing last month. She posted the higher bond and remains out of custody.
Murry is due back in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Dec. 6, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to allow the case against her to proceed to trial.
If convicted as charged, she could face up to 17 years in state prison, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Murry was “reassigned from the school” and parents were notified about her arrest, according to the Los Angeles Unified School District, which did not provide further details on the nature of her reassignment.
An LAUSD statement released after her arrest said the allegations against Murry “are disturbing and undermine our continuing efforts to provide a secure learning environment for all of our students.”