TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- A Mooreville man accused of having inappropriate contact with a 15-year-old student at the school where he worked as a substitute teacher has pleaded not guilty to a two count federal indictment in the case.
Matthew Blake Whitt, 24, of Tupelo entered the plea in U. S. District Court on Wednesday.
The indictments include exploitation of a child and enticement of a child for sexual purposes.
The indictment accuses Whitt of convincing a minor to engage in sexual activity and are producing "visual depictions" of the activity.
Whitt was arrested by Lee County sheriff's deputies on two counts of sexual battery of a student in January.
Sheriff Jim Johnson says the parents of the student notified his office and the case will be presented to a grand jury in March.
Whitt has been ordered not to go within 500 yards of a Lee County school and make no contact with the student.
He has been released from custody on a $15,000 bond.