Rapid City teacher pleads not guilty to abusing disabled student

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City teacher has pleaded not guilty to charges that she abused a disabled student.

Twenty-five-year-old Shea Lindsey entered her plea during her arraignment in Pennington County Monday. Lindsey has remained out of jail on bond since her arrest in May.

Authorities say they began an investigation into the alleged abuse May 14, but did not specify what they believe happened. The alleged victim is a male student, whose age was not given.

Lindsey is a teacher at East Middle School. The school district placed Lindsey on administrative leave when the investigation began.

Lindsey’s defense lawyer declined to discuss the case with the newspaper. Prosecutors previously have declined to comment, and police reports are sealed.

A status hearing is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 3.