Jason Thompson plead not guilty to sex abuse and sodomy charges.
According to a police citation, Thompson is accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy on two occasions during the summer of 2009.
Thompson worked at Leestown Middle School for five years, where he was a special education teacher and head of the dance team.
The school system says the reported incidents did not happen on school grounds.
The district also says when the allegations surfaced in June of last year, a complaint was sent to the Educational Standards Board. Thompson was confronted, at which time he resigned.
Thompson is a nationally know zumba instructor. He has even been featured as a playable character in a video game. He’s an instructor at the Lexington Athletic Club.
Thompson’s due back in court on August 16th.