Created: 08/29/2013 12:11 PM WHEC.com
New details about a former teacher's aide accused of having sex with a student. Jennifer Kennard pleaded not guilty to nine charges including rape and endangering the welfare of a child.
She was fired this past spring from the East Irondequoit School District. She was a teacher's aide at the middle school.
News10NBC's camera was rolling as she walked into the courtroom Thursday morning. Prosecutors say she had sex with a boy who was her student. Police say she befriended the student several years ago. News10NBC was told he was under the age of 15 when the relationship started in 2010. The assistant district attorney on the case says the relationship was still going on until February 2013.
Amanda Balling, Assistant District Attorney, said, "My message to parents as the school year begins is be vigilant. Be vigilant with your children and the relationships they're developing and make sure that you're involved."
Brian DeCarolis, Defense Attorney, said, "Mr. Kennard denies the allegations contained in the indictment. This is a case that I think is destined for trial. She denies absolutely everything that's contained in the indictment."
If convicted, Kennard faces up to seven years in prison. She would also have to register as a sex offender. She remains out of jail on $10,000 bail. She's due back in court November 14.