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The case involving a Guadalupe math teacher facing a misdemeanor charge of engaging in lewd conduct in public will return next year to the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court. 

James Robert Ungricht, 35, a teacher at Kermit McKenzie Junior High School, will be in court again Feb. 15 for a trial-setting conference, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office. 

Charges stem from an alleged incident that occurred Oct. 3 at the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo campus, where Ungricht was enrolled at the university's School of Education program. The incident involved no other parties, according to officials, and all witnesses were adults.

The campus police had received reports on Oct. 13 of a person possibly engaging in lewd acts in the university's library. An investigation identified the suspect as Ungricht, who was arrested on campus five days later and then taken to the San Luis Obispo County Jail.

Ungricht posted $10,000 bail on Oct. 23, and has remained out of custody since. 

That same week, District Attorney's Office filed misdemeanor charges against Ungricht, and alleged that he did "unlawfully engage in lewd and dissolute conduct in a public place and/or in a place open to the public and exposed to public view."

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He pleaded not guilty last month during his arraignment at the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court.

Ungricht was placed on administrative leave in October as a result of his arrest, according to the Guadalupe Union School District superintendent. He also was instructed to surrender all district-issued property -- including keys and ID cards -- and is prohibited from entering McKenzie Junior High property, or communicating with any of the school's students or parents.

Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times. Follow her on Twitter @gina_k210

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