By Courtney Gousman
St. Louis County (KSDK) - A Mehlville School District principal accused of lewd and indecent conduct is taking his case to trial.
Principal James Walters of Point Elementary School was cited in March while at Forest Park.
City of St. Louis officials say Walters was cited in the park while he was on spring break.
The park ranger who wrote Walter's citation on March 16th says he observed, "Walters grab his genitals, while talking to a person in his vehicle, who later confessed to what was happening."
Walters' attorney tells NewsChannel 5, his client is adamantly denying any wrongdoing.
On Tuesday Walters' attorney entered a not guilty plea on the principal's behalf.
Mehlville School District Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost says Walters calls this incident a misunderstanding.
For now, Walters is still on paid suspension, and parents at Point Elementary say they miss having him around.
"We really haven't been informed of the whole situation, but I really hope that they way things come out there's just one big misunderstanding and his name gets cleared and we'd be more than happy to have him come back and have him be principal at Point Elementary," said Susan Barnett.
The trial for Walters is set for July 26th.
An interim principal has been put in place at Point Elementary, and the school district is also conducting its own investigation.
If Walters is found guilty in St. Louis Municipal Court, he could be fined up to $500, or could spend up to 90 days in jail.