SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

The attorney for UC-Santa Barbara associate professor Mirielle Miller-Young entered a not guilty plea on behalf of her client in Santa Barbara Superior Court Friday morning.

Miller-Young was not in the courtroom.  She is accused of stealing and destroying an anti-abortion protester's sign during an on-campus rally in March.

Theft, battery and vandalism chargers were filed against Miller-Young after the District Attorney's office looked at video of the incident recorded by the alleged victim, Thrin Short, a member of the Anti-Abortion Ministry.  Short said her group has seen negative reactions before, but nothing like the alleged actions of Miller-Young.

"Occasionally students will lose their coolness and get upset but never anything like this with a professor," Short told NewsChannel 3 outside the courtroom. "There are way you could come talk to us politely, there's a lot of other option than stealing my sign."

Miller-Young's case will continue in court on May 1.