A Mississippi teacher accused of having sex with a student was denied bond after an investigator dropped a disturbing accusation in court.
“He (James Donald Hawkins II) said that they had made plans to go to Louisiana to elope, and things were moving faster than they originally expected,” Jackson County Sheriff Captain Kristen Johnson testified, according to WLOX.
Hawkins II, 38, was a high school physics teacher in the Ocean Springs school district when he allegedly soothed a distressed, 17-year-old student, which sparked a sexual relationship with her in the spring.
He was arrested on November 30 and charged with felony sexual battery, according to inmate records.
Law enforcement said that the investigation is ongoing and that more charges could be filed.
“The victim said that it began in the springtime of 2023 before the last school year ended,” Johnson told the courtroom during Hawkins II’s probable cause hearing on Tuesday. “According to Mr. Hawkins, he admitted they had sex approximately one time a month, including at his house and in her car.”
It’s the same home he reportedly lives in with his wife and their toddler, the Sun Herald reported.
Bond was set at $150,000, according to inmate records. The judge also ordered him to stay away from the student and her family.
Hawkins II’s lawyer, Cameron McCormick, and the school district didn’t immediately return Fox News Digital’s request for comment, but the school district told local news outlets after his arrest that he had been fired. School officials said in a statement that the accusations were “disturbing and intolerable.”
“James Hawkins was terminated from OSSD when district officials were informed of his arrest and subsequent charges by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department this evening.”
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