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Troy Bashor, left, sits with his attorney Peter Lacny in Missoula County Justice Court, where Bashor pleaded not guilty to a charge of misdemeanor sexual assault, on Nov. 14, 2017, for allegedly molesting a student. Bashor, a Frenchtown High School music teacher, recently was charged with felony sexual assault in a case involving a second student.

The Frenchtown teacher accused of molesting two students is scheduled to have a trial in late August.

Troy Bashor has pleaded not guilty to a felony and misdemeanor count of sexual assault in the case.

Although trial dates are subject to change, District Court Judge Leslie Halligan on Wednesday set Bashor’s trial for six days starting on Aug. 20.

Due to the highly publicized nature of the trial, attorneys on both sides suggested calling a larger jury pool for the case, and Halligan decided that 150 potential jurors would be notified to appear for the trial.

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Bashor has been on paid administrative leave since October when charges were first filed against him.

The charges against Bashor include allegations that over the course of a three-year period he inappropriately touched one student, including rubbing and poking her belly button and giving her backrubs. Prosecutors say Bashor also put his hands up the clothing of another student and attempted to kiss her. That student was later granted an order of protection forbidding Bashor from approaching her.

In March 2017, after the order of protection against Bashor was granted, around 100 students and parents attended a Frenchtown school board meeting to voice their support of Bashor, holding signs with phrases like “Broncs for Bash” and “Bashor Changes Lives.”

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Law and Justice Reporter

Crime reporter for the Missoulian.