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Former high school teacher accused of rape back in court

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LOUISIVLLE, KY (WAVE) - Instead of spending the day in the classroom, a former Bethlehem High School teacher spent a portion of the day before a judge.

Matthew Bowling, 31, returned before Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Mitch Perry Thursday for a pre-trial status conference. During the proceeding, the division 3 judge reminded Bowling of the no contact condition of his bond.

"Without question, Mr. Bowling," began Judge Perry, "no contact of any type. That obviously means in person or telephone, but in this day and age, it also means through social media, through third-party."

After his client nodded in agreement, Bowling's defense attorney, Frank Mascagni, requested Bowling's case be passed over until the new year.

"I have convinced the Commonwealth to leave the offer open," said Mascagni while addressing the court. "With the court's permission we're going to pass it for a tentative plea of guilty mid-January, and I'm confident we will resolve the case without necessity for a jury trial."

In September of 2013, Bowling pled not guilty to allegations he had sex with a student enrolled at Bethlehem High School in Bardstown where he worked before resigning in July.

Bowling is expected back in Jefferson County Division 3 Circuit Court on Friday, January 17 at 8:30 a.m.

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