Huntington Beach City School District trustee Richard M. Boucher pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge of sexually molesting a 17-year-old boy three years ago.
Boucher, 61, surrendered to Huntington Beach police Feb. 28 after a warrant was issued for his arrest, according to Police Department spokeswoman JoAnne Bonkowski. He was arraigned Monday in West Orange County Municipal Court.
Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael C. Koski said the school trustee and 1983 winner of the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce's Citizen of the Year award was charged with one felony count of oral copulation with a minor, which carries a maximum sentence of three years in state prison.
Colleagues of Boucher were surprised to hear of his arrest.
"He's just a real nice guy," said Bonkowski, noting that Boucher had been employed by the city since 1969 and retired two weeks ago as an employee relations coordinator in the Personnel Department. "I was very surprised."