Former Teacher Pleads Not Guilty in Sex Case

BENTONVILLE, AR - A former teacher at Gravette High School has pleaded not guilty to a charge he had sex with a 17-year-old student.

Casey Helms, 32, was arrested March 21 after the girl told police she had sex with the drama teacher.

Helms is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail at the Benton County jail.

Police say Helms admitted having a consensual relationship with the girl.

A hearing is set for June 14.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)