Former teacher charged with breaking curfewBy Patrick McArdle
Staff Writer | February 06,2013BENNINGTON - A former Bennington high school teacher was back in court on Wednesday and charged with breaking a 24-hour curfew by going to the Bennington County State’s Attorney’s Office without permission on Tuesday.
Steven P. Davis, of Troy, N.Y., pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge. He was released without bail, but ordered to continue to observe the 24-hour curfew.
Susan McManus, an attorney who represented Davis, asked Judge Cortland Corsones to reduce the restrictions of the curfew so Davis can look for another place to live. He is staying in a Troy hotel, she said, but must check out on Friday.
Corsones rejected the request and ordered Davis to return to court on Friday to present information to the court about his proposed new address so it can be reviewed as to whether it’s an acceptable residence.
In January, Davis attracted attention because he posted what some say were “disturbing” comments and videos, critical of Mount Anthony Union High School teachers and administrators from the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union.
Soon after police confiscated a Bushmaster semi-automatic assault rifle, about 500 rounds of ammunition and two magazines from Davis although police said Davis had not made any direct threats against the school or its employees.
Davis had been on a leave of absence from the high school but school officials had not publicly commented on his future at the school district. However, in his application for a public defender, Davis said he no longer worked for the high school or the supervisory union.
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