Springville Griffith Institute Teacher Charged With Rape

June 17, 2011 Updated Oct 21, 2013 at 7:11 AM EDT

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Springville Griffith Institute Teacher Charged With Rape

June 17, 2011 Updated Oct 21, 2013 at 7:11 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( release / WKBW ) Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedia III announced that 52 year old Steven Harms of Colden, a teacher and coach at Springville Griffith Institute, was arraigned Friday afternoon before County Court Judge Kenneth Case on an indictment charging him with one count of Rape in the Third Degree, and two counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the Third Degree.

It is alleged that the defendant raped and sodomized a 15 year old student in August of 2004.

Attorney Barry Covert, representing the defendant, told Eyewitness News that Harms pled not guilty.

If convicted of these crimes, Harms faces a maximum prison sentence of 4-12 years.