SYLVESTER, Ga. – A third-grade teacher accused of slashing her wrists in front of her class and molesting students has pleaded not guilty.
Georgianne Harrell (search), 24, was indicted last month on 24 charges of child molestation and reckless conduct. Her attorney entered the plea on her behalf and waived her right to an arraignment Tuesday.
Harrell cut her wrists with broken glass in front of her class at Holley Elementary School (search), according to the indictment. Authorities also say she performed oral sex on a 9-year-old boy in her classroom, let students peek down her blouse and talked to some of the children about sexual matters.
Between August 2004 and May, authorities claim she abused a total of seven students. She has resigned from the school.
If convicted on all charges, she could receive maximum sentences ranging up to hundreds of years, prosecutors said.