A former Junior ROTC instructor at George Washington High School pleaded not guilty to allegations he carried on a sexual relationship with a student.
Martin Dale Kirby, 44, of Longridge Road, entered his plea Wednesday during his arraignment in Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey's courtroom. The charge was sexual abuse by a person of trust. The girl involved is younger than 18.
Kirby was arrested in January after Kanawha deputies received information he had sex with a student in one of his classes. Kirby, who retired from the U.S. Army, taught ROTC classes at GW. He is no longer listed as an instructor on the school's website.
A call to Kanawha school board president Pete Thaw was not immediately returned.
The alleged incidents date back to September 2010, Kanawha Bureau of Investigation detectives said in January.
Kirby and the girl arranged to meet in the school's Junior ROTC office one morning and he touched the girl over her clothing during that encounter, according to a criminal complaint.
The two used cellphones and landlines, email and instant messaging to communicate, Detective D.A. Scurlock wrote in the complaint.
The girl told detectives she spoke to him later that evening and they planned to meet again in the same office the next day. They did, she said, and had consensual sex in the office.
Kirby admitted he had sex with the girl, Cpl. Brian Humphreys, Kanawha Sheriff's Department spokesman, said at the time.
Kirby remains free on $25,000 bond. A trial was set to begin at 9 a.m. Nov. 4.