BREMERTON — A former associate principal at Bainbridge High School has pleaded not guilty to child molestation charges.

The Kitsap Sun reports prosecutors in December charged Dean Fritts, 74, of Bainbridge Island, with two counts of first-degree child molestation in Kitsap County Superior Court. He entered not-guilty pleas earlier this month, was released without bail and ordered to have no contact with the minors involved.

The charges came after two minors told investigators of a pair of inappropriate touching incidents that were estimated to have taken place in 2015 and 2016, according to court documents.

After one of the incidents was disclosed in January 2017, a Bainbridge Island police detective reached out to Fritts for a statement but was referred to an attorney.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Fritts retired in 2010 after 26 years as an associate high school principal at Bainbridge High School.