A former day-care center teacher was ordered to stand trial Thursday on charges he molested one of his students six years ago when the boy was 4 years old.

Thomas N. Hogue, 46, Holladay, is charged with aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony.The half-dozen incidents occurred in 1991 and 1992 when Hogue was a teacher at the Mayflower Learning Center on Foothill Boulevard, according to testimony from the victim, now 10, in 3rd District Court.

The boy, frequently in tears, described how Hogue "would take me in the back room and kiss me and touch me and have me touch him and kiss him."

The abuse occurred when Hogue told the boy to follow him into a supply closet and closed the door, the boy testified. He was only 3 or 4 years old at the time, the boy said, and didn't know it was wrong.

The boy said he told his mother about the incidents in January when she planned to invite Hogue to their home for his little sister's birthday party. "I didn't want him to come to my house, to be around him," the boy said.

Defense attorney Ed Flint questioned the boy about the timing of the incidents, which came about the time his parents were divorcing. He also asked about the number of times the boy had been disciplined at the school for misbehaving, by whom and whether any-one questioned why they were alone in the storage closet for long periods of time.

Flint said after the hearing that only probable cause was established by the prosecution, and more conflicting evidence will be presented at trial.

Hogue is out of jail, being supervised by Pre-Trial Services.