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Former Perry teacher's aide headed to trial

Arnold Cowen, 86, appeared May 9 in Noble County court. (KOKH/Anthony West)

The former Perry Upper Elementary teachers aid accused of inappropriately touching dozens of students faced a judge Tuesday.

A Noble County judge ruled May 9 that there is probable cause on 21 of the 22 charges 85-year-old Arnold Cowen is facing. The case will now go to trial.

The District Attorney requested a count of Possession of Child Pornography be changed to a count of aggravated possession of child pornography due to the amount investigators found on Cowen's computer. The judge granted that request Tuesday. The DA also requested bond for Cowen be increased. That request was denied.

Cowen was arrested after students came forward, claiming they were sexually touched by him. Investigators also say they found child pornography in his possession. The Upper Elementary School principal and 5th grade math teacher also resigned amid charges they knew about the abuse and did not report it.

Monday, the Perry School Board voted to accept the resignation of Superintendent Scott Chenoweth. The district says they will start searching for a replacement.

Cowen did not make a comment following Tuesday's court appearance. His arraignment is scheduled for June 22nd.

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