HOPEWELL, Pa.—A western Pennsylvania high school teacher has been arrested and charged with sexting and fondling a former student.

Court records show that 37-year-old Joseph Rubino of Aliquippa was arraigned on Wednesday and released without bond. He's facing nine felony charges, including child pornography and unlawful contact with a minor.

The girl, now 18, reported the alleged abuse in September. Rubino is a former teacher at Hopewell High School, and he allegedly began texting her when she was a sophomore.

Rubino later allegedly threatened the girl with probation unless she sent him nude pictures.

Steven Valsamidis, Rubino's attorney, says his client denies the criminal allegations and looks forward to defending himself in court.

School officials put Rubino on unpaid leave in September.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 31.