SOUTHAMPTON, Mass. — A West Springfield Middle School teacher has been charged with child rape.

James Parks of Southampton has pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on $1,000 bail and ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim and no unsupervised contact with children.

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Southampton Police Chief David Silvernail said Parks was arrested last month after police received a complaint. According to police, the relationship began when the girl, who is now 15, was in the sixth-grade.

Police did not say how he knew the girl.

But West Springfield school officials, while confirming that the 54-year-old Parks was a seventh-grade science teacher, said no students from West Springfield were involved in the case.

His lawyer could not be reached.