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Teacher charged with sexually assaulting student

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GREENWICH, CT (WFSB) -

A Greenwich teacher was arrested after police said he had "inappropriate contact" with a Catholic school student under the age of 16. 

Michael Maida, 44, has been a teacher at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich for the past 17 years, school officials said.

Maida was placed on "administrative leave pending further investigation" after allegations surfaced of him having "inappropriate contact" with an unidentified student in the fall of 2009. 

On Tuesday, Maida turned himself in to police and was charged with second-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor.

Maida "unequivocally denied that the alleged incident," according to officials with Convent of the Sacred Heart. School officials said they "had no prior knowledge" of the alleged incident.

"We take all allegations of misconduct seriously and are continually focused on upholding a safe and welcoming environment for our students. We have been cooperating fully with the authorities and out of respect for all involved," officials with Convent of the Sacred Heart posted on its website.

Maida was released on $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Stamford Superior Court on March 18.

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