• Teacher accused of fondling student maintains innocence, appears with 2 attorneys


    PITTSBURGH - The hearing for a Pittsburgh Public Schools teacher accused of assaulting a student last year was postponed Wednesday.

    Michael White, a teacher at Perry Traditional Academy, made his first court appearance since his arrest, but the hearing was postponed because the alleged victim had a medical emergency.

    White is accused of fondling a 15-year-old student last fall. According to police, the girl told investigators that White touched her breasts and grabbed her buttocks on several occasions.

    White, who was placed on administrative leave without pay, appeared in court Wednesday with two lawyers who said he was determined to tell his side of the story.

    “Right now all we have are the statements of a 15-year-old girl, and based on those assertions alone without ever being in court or reaching a burden of proof, Michael White’s life has been destroyed,” defense attorney Chuck Gallo said.

    White was also represented by defense attorney Blaine Jones who told Channel 11 News that White is maintaining his innocence.

    “The allegations alone are devastating and we are here to fight on his behalf,” Jones said.

    Officials haven’t said when the next hearing will be scheduled.

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