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Former H.S. band volunteer pleads not guilty to underage sex charge

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William Mackle, right, walked with his attorney Dawn Elston, outside Clark Circuit Court in Jeffersonville on Monday, Oct. 7. WDRB News photo. William Mackle, right, walked with his attorney Dawn Elston, outside Clark Circuit Court in Jeffersonville on Monday, Oct. 7. WDRB News photo.

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- A Jeffersonville High School band volunteer says he's not guilty of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl.

William Mackle's attorney entered a not guilty plea on his behalf and then bond was set at $10,000.  He was then taken to jail to be processed.

The 21-year-old is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl.  Police say the two met and started texting while Mackle was a volunteer band instructor with Jeffersonville High School.

Jeffersonville Police were contacted after the 14-year-old's mother became suspicious, checked the girl's iPad, and found graphic conversations between the two.

Dawn Elston, Mackle's attorney, says he is devastated by all of this:  "He's obviously very, very upset...the feelings he's feeing right now is, he's let his family down, his mother, especially, and they're just dealing with it the best way that they can."

Jeremy Mull, prosecutor, said, "It's very clear from the text messaging that there was inappropriate contact that went on and that according to the context of those messages that it appeared likely that but for the parents' actions there could have been something a lot more egregious happened in the very near future if they hadn't went to the authorities."

William Mackle is set to go to trial in March of next year.  He has also been ordered to have no contact with the 14-year-old.

Greater Clark County Schools removed Mackle from his unpaid, volunteer position with the band when it learned of the allegations against him.  The district also banned him from school property, a spokesperson said Friday.

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