A trial for a former Lorbeer Middle School teacher accused of committing lewd acts against a 14-year-old student has been pushed back to January.
Steven Andrews, 42, was to have a trial readiness hearing last Friday, but that court date was moved back to Jan. 7, said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Next month, attorneys are expected to set a trial date during the hearing, she said.
Andrews faces 17 charges against him, including six counts of sexual penetration with a foreign object, six counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a child, two counts of oral copulation with a child under 16, and three counts of lewd acts on a child. He pleaded not guilty in November 2011.
In October, defense lawyer Paul Potter filed a motion to have the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office removed from trying his case, but that effort was unsuccessful.
Andrews is being held on $450,000 bail at the Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles.