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Teacher held in child-sex case wants out of jail

A former teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student is seeking to be released from jail because of COVID-19.

Charles Evans Hall, 47, of Jackhorn, was arrested on November 30, 2018, and then indicted the following January on charges of unlawful use of an electronic device to engage in sexual or prohibited activities, tampering with a witness, tampering with physical evidence, third-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse, third-degree sodomy, possession or viewing of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, use of a minor in a sexual performance , first-degree sexual abuse and third-degree sodomy.

Hall, who had worked for 23 years as a teacher in the Letcher County School District and a consultant for the Kentucky Department of Education, was indicted again this month on charges of tampering with a witness and bribing a witness, a female child who he knew may be called as a witness at an official proceeding against him in Letcher Circuit Court. That indictment relates to the earlier charges.

Hall was immediately set for administrative release under a policy approved by the Kentucky Supreme Court, but he remains in jail because he is unable to make the $250,000 cash bond required for his release on the earlier indictment.

In a motion filed last week, Hall’s attorney asked that he be released because a deputy jailer tested positive for COVID-19, and “The Defendant has a long history of chronic bronchitis and upper respiratory infections.”

The motion asks that Hall be placed on house arrest and that he not be returned to the courthouse for any reason until a 14-day quarantine is over.

Hall last month had requested shock probation, but that motion was denied. The new motion will be heard today (Wednesday) at 9 a.m. in Letcher Circuit Court.

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