PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island elementary school gym teacher charged with groping several young girls has been released on $50,000 bail.

WPRI-TV reports that the attorney general's office says 53-year-old James Duffy pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree child molestation and simple assault at his arraignment Friday. A court spokesperson says Duffy posted bail and was released. He has been ordered to have no contact with the victims.

Authorities allege that Duffy, physical education teacher at Harry Kizirian Elementary School, inappropriately touched at least three 11-year-old students.

Duffy's attorney has said his client maintains his innocence.

Kizirian principal Violet LeMar has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of failing to report allegations of sex abuse.

Both Duffy and LeMar are on leave.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com