EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was updated on December 23, 2014. The Crown Prosecution Service dropped all charges against Mr Leverton in December 2014. See article here.

A FORMER Taunton teacher has appeared in court accused of inappropriate behaviour with a 16-year-old girl.

Ryan Leverton, who used to teach at Bishop Fox's School, is charged with two counts of sexual touching of a girl aged 16, relating to alleged incidents several years ago.

Mr Leverton, 31, appeared at Taunton Crown Court today (June 2) for a preliminary hearing.

Dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and purple tie, Mr Leverton only spoke to confirm his name and did not enter a plea during the brief hearing.

Prosecuting, Andrew Macfarlane, asked Recorder Nicholas Rowland to set a timetable for future hearings.

Mr Leverton, of Sweet Brier Lane in Exeter, was released on bail and is likely to enter a plea when he next appears on August 8.

After Mr Leverton's appearance, a statement issued by Paul Scutt, head teacher at Bishop Fox's School, said: "The matter relating to a former employee of the school is currently subject to ongoing legal proceedings and it would not be appropriate to comment at this time."