RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. -- A former teacher accused of inappropriately touching his student plans to plead 'not guilty,' his attorney said Monday.

Former Southwestern Randolph High School Teacher, Jarrett Elliott, faces one charge of sexual battery.

During Elliott's first appearance in court on Monday, WFMY News 2 learned Attorney John Megerian will represent him.

"My client is not guilty and he will plead as such," Megerian said. He would not comment any further on the case.

Court documents accuse Elliot of "grabbing the buttocks of a student juvenile victim." According to the arrest warrant, he did so "for the purpose of sexual arousal."

If Elliott is found guilty, he could face up to a year in jail and be subject to a fine.