VERNON, Conn. (AP) _ A former Connecticut legislator will be arraigned in Rockville Superior Court on an allegation that he inappropriately touched a young girl.

Former Tolland state Rep. Michael Cardin is due in court on Monday to face charges of risk of injury to a minor and disorderly conduct. He has been free on $5,000 bail.

Cardin’s lawyer, Stephen McEleney, says Cardin denies wrongdoing.

School officials in Tolland told the Journal Inquirer that Cardin has been placed on paid leave from his job as a seventh-grade social studies teacher at Tolland Middle School.

State police have released few details of the charges. McEleney told the JI that he was told the accuser is a student at a local school.

The 40-year-old Cardin held the 53rd House District seat from 1995 to 2006.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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