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July 20--  The federal civil trial of former Montgomery County High School teacher Christopher Bowman against the county school board is scheduled for October.

At a pre-trial conference Wednesday afternoon, lawyers for the school board and Bowman met with U.S. Federal Judge Dudley Bowen, Jr. at the federal courthouse in Dublin.

Both sides have agreed not to seek a jury trial in the case which they estimate will take at least two days.  Judge Bowen says he will hear the case starting Tuesday, October 4.

Bowman sued the school system in 2008 alleging he was fired in retaliation for reporting an alleged sexual affair between a female high school counselor and a 16-year-old male student.

A lawyer for the school board told the court former Montgomery County school superintendent Dale Clark will be a key defense witness in the case.  It was her daughter, Carrie O'Connor, whom Bowman reported to law enforcement.  O'Connor was acquitted of state criminal charges in the case.