A former Hastings teacher has denied having sex with a 16-year-old student and providing her with alcohol.

Tyler Hedlund, 23, of 515 E. Seventh St. filed a written not guilty plea Wednesday to one charge of intentional child abuse in Adams County Court.

The written filing also waived Hedlund’s right to formal arraignment, which had been scheduled for Thursday. Hedlund maintained his right to request a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to send the case to the district court for trial.

Hedlund had been teaching and coaching football at Hastings Catholic Schools. A graduate of Hastings College, he was named the head coach of the St. Cecilia High School football program on March 5. Hedlund was placed on administrative leave April 22 as school officials asked Hastings police to investigate.

According to the arrest affidavit, Hedlund and the girl started a relationship in December 2018 that later became sexual. The girl reportedly would sneak out of her home and have Hedlund pick her up. He reportedly took her to his house and then later took her back home.

The two reportedly communicated through messages on their phones. The affidavit states that location services information confirm the approximate times and dates that the girl claims they met at Hedlund’s house.

Hedlund also is accused of providing alcohol for the student on two occasions and then another time with two of her friends, who were also minors.

Intentional child abuse is a Class 3A felony punishable by up to three years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

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