A teacher charged with having sexual contact with a 14-year-old student waived a preliminary hearing and has been denied a bond reduction.
Charles Evans Hall is being held in lieu of a $250,000 cash bond. Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison Banks opposed the bond reduction, saying Hall should be considered a flight risk and a danger to himself and others.
Had a preliminary hearing been held, the prosecution would have had to present evidence to convince a judge to bind him over to a grand jury. The case will be presented in secret to a grand jury, which will decide whether to proceed with an indictment.
The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crimes branch arrested Hall November
30 after seizing cell phones and social media records belonging to him and the girl. A teacher and former consultant with the Kentucky Department of Education, hall 45, of Jackhorn, is charged with third degree rape, prohibited use of an electronic device to procure a minor for sex offenses, first-degree sexual abuse and third-degree sodomy.