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Ex-Phoenix teacher pleads not guilty to solicitation

PHOENIX -- A former Phoenix high school teacher accused of soliciting sex with underage girls has pleaded not guilty.

Maricopa County prosecutors said 54-year-old Jerry Marfe entered his plea at his arraignment Monday.

His next scheduled court date is Feb. 13.

Authorities said Marfe was arrested Dec. 6 on suspicion of two counts of prostitution with a minor.

He was one of 111 people arrested in a prostitution and drug sting operation by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's officials said undercover video showed Marfe at a Tempe hotel with undercover officers he believed were 16-year-old prostitutes he met online.

Marfe taught in the Phoenix Union High School District for 27 years. He resigned after his arrest.

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