Police say a Vermont special education teacher is accused of fondling a child.
Forty-one-year-old Mark Zizis of Shoreham, Vermont, has been charged with lewd and lascivious conduct with a child. He pleaded not guilty Wednesday in court in Middlebury.
Police said Friday he's accused of fondling a Shoreham boy between the ages of 7 and 8. Investigators did not say how he knew the child but said the alleged victim was not one of Zizis' students.
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His lawyer says Zizis denies the charge.
He says he's on leave from his job as a special education teacher at the Chittenden Central Supervisory Union, a job he's held for 11 years.
He's also a martial arts instructor at Green Mountain PPS Inti Ombak.