Authorities accuse a former Michigan elementary school teacher of having sex with a 12-year-old boy she was tutoring at her home.

Allanah Benton-Wells of Flint was arraigned Tuesday on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. The 42-year-old could face life in prison if convicted.

Authorities say Benton-Wells had sex with a sixth-grader in her class on two occasions last year when she was supposedly helping him with his homework.

Her attorney says she denies the allegations.

Benton-Wells is divorced and the mother of 19-month-old twins. She was put on paid leave from Flint Williams Elementary School in November and was fired this month.