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Teacher harassment trial set

A Valley teacher stands accused of harassing a student on campus and now the case will go before a jury.

Parents filed a series of complaints almost two years ago, allegations that spread from the soccer field to the classroom.

An investigation turned into an arrest and now it's heading to trial.

On June 17, 2005, we told the story of an ongoing argument at Country Day School.

One group of parents were angry.

Another group of parents were supportive.

The controversy swirling around teacher and soccer coach Brett Naff, but the story doesn't end there.

More than a year later, Naff was arrested and charged with misdemeanor harassment.

 And now, almost two years later, the case is in court for an afternoon status hearing.

"Charges are totally unfounded and without merit and we expect to prevail," Defense Attorney Bruce Gardner says.

Trial starts Monday. The potential witness list tops forty. The details of the arrest warrant were never released, but Gardner says Naff simply tapped a student on the stomach with a pencil eraser.

"There's a group of people out there who are against Mr. Naff for whatever reason I do not know," he says. "They don't appreciate the way he teaches class or whatever."

Whatever the allegation, a jury will ultimately judge what happened on campus.

Both the prosecution and defense were asked to be ready to start trial at 9:30 Monday morning.

We're told it could last all week.

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