Teacher accused of raping 15-year-old

(AP) - A Long Island math teacher is denyingcharges that he had sex with a 15-year-old girl in an elementaryschool parking lot.

Daniel Rothbard was freed on $5,000 bail after pleading notguilty Wednesday at his arraignment. He is charged withthird-degree rape, criminal sexual act, sexual abuse and childendangerment.

Defense attorney Todd Greenberg declined to comment.

Suffolk County police say the 28-year-old Valley Stream teachermet the 15-year-old girl on MySpace. He was arrested at a school inWest Islip, about 22 miles away.

A Valley Stream schools spokeswoman said Rothbard was employedthere for four years.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."