By Jennifer Lee, EnStarz | Jun 22, 2012 10:06 AM EDT
A 22-year-old high school cheerleading coach who was arrested on charges of seducing a 17-year-old boy has pled not guilty today. Megan Crafton allegedly performed sexual acts on the male student at an Indianapolis high school.
The incident took place inside her car in a supermarket parking lot in January.
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Crafton turned herself with the help of her lawyer, G. Allen Lidy, says she was not coaching the 17-year-old, adding that she was his teacher or his teacher's assistant.
Michael Turner, a lieutenant at the Shelbyville Police Department, told Fox Sports: "We wouldn't be having this conversation if it was her and some other gentleman who doesn't go to the school, or isn't part of the school system, but unfortunately in this case, it was and it made it illegal. When she signed on as an assistant cheerleading coach, she took a responsibility that she wouldn't have relations at that school."
It is illegal for an adult to engage in sexual activity with anyone younger than the age of 18 if their job holds a position of authority over them.
Crafton will face a jury trial on September 24 for child seduction and has been released on bond on the day she was arrested. The coach admitted to performing sexual acts on the boy, who is part of the school' basketball team she worked for.
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