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Judge upholds law forbidding student teacher sex

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OKLAHOMA CITY --- A judge makes a ruling on a motion to change an Oklahoma State law that makes it illegal for teachers to have a sexual relationship with a student, even if that student is of age. 

Tyrone Nash said, "I know that I'm innocent."

The former Western Heights High School teacher and basketball coach is accused of having a two-year sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl.

He is charged with five counts of rape and five counts of oral sodomy.

"We think it's all made up and unfortunately this is a victim who is looking for attention," attorney David Slane said. "We know that she has filed a lawsuit asking for money and we think that's the motivation."

Before the jury has a chance to hear the case, Nash's attorney challenged the Oklahoma law making the alleged relationship illegal.

In court Friday, Nash waited for a ruling that would determine his next steps.

Judge Jerry Bass upheld the current law deeming teacher student relationships unlawful, even if the student is of age.

Slane said, "We're disappointed with the judge's ruling. We respectfully disagree." 

He says being accused of these sex crimes has nearly ruined his client.

"He's lost his job over this and he's embarrassed over the allegations," Slane said, "All you have to do is make these allegations and it smears someone's reputation, so we're going to go forward and clear his name."

Nash says he's ready to face a jury.

"I'm very confident in my defense and will be looking forward to any other action we take."

Slane said the law is unclear on whether an appeal can be made.

The trial will begin in March.

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