A 65-year-old man who used to teach in a western Iowa school district is pleading not guilty to charges he sexually exploited a minor female for 13 months.

William Glenn Foulkes of Anita was a long-time math teacher in the community’s elementary and high schools until he resigned in November of 2010. He was arrested March 15th of this year and faces a felony charge of sexual exploitation by a school employee as well as 49 aggravated misdemeanor counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee. 

“Mr. Foulkes is a 40-year employee of Anita School District, a decorated Iraq War veteran, served in violence and combat as a commanding sergeant,” F. Montgomery Brown, Foulkes attorney, told reporters today after his client’s court appearance.

If convicted on all of the charges, Foulkes could face a maximum time of 103 years in prison and fines of more than $300,000. Brown said his client “vigorously denies” the allegations which involve one of Foulkes’ math students.

“He denies that any contact or activities were with any sexual purpose,” Brown said.

The alleged misconduct happened between August of 2009 and November of 2010. When the charges were filed last week, CAM Superintendent Steve Pelzer said at the time Foulkes’ resignation was accepted “the school board had no knowledge of any allegations of criminal misconduct.”

Foulkes remains free on bond. He was previously ordered not to have contact with his alleged victim.

(Reporting by Ric Hanson, KJAN, Atlantic)