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The trial for a former fifth-grade teacher accused of molesting multiple students that was scheduled to be held in Maricopa County Superior Court June 8 was delayed until July 20.

Ricky Ordway, a former teacher at Peoria Unified School District’s Sun Valley Elementary School, faces two dozen sex abuse and molestation charges. His trial was first scheduled for April but was delayed, like many other cases due to the COVID-19 pandemic that scrambled the court calendar.

A Peoria police officer arrested Ordway May 14, 2019.

Ordway, a Peoria resident at the time of his arrest who has since moved to the Glendale area, has continued to maintain he is innocent during preliminary court proceedings.

Sun Valley Elementary School, near Northern Avenue and U.S. 101, is in Peoria but has many students who live in nearby Glendale.