Counselors are available in the Snake River School District to help students and staff deal with the alleged actions of Christopher Cox, the Snake River Junior High principal who was arrested Wednesday afternoon. Cox has been charged with three felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor under 16 years old.
"We are all devastated," said Superintendent Russell Hammond. "A brief assembly was held at the junior high Thursday morning to explain to the students what we know."
Snake River Junior High School Principal Christopher C. Cox, 38, was released on his own recognizance Thursday morning after appearing before Magistrate Judge Charles Roos on three separate felony counts of sexual abuse of a child under 16 years old.
The criminal complaint alleges that between Jan. 1 and Aug. 7, 2011, the defendant had sexual contact with a female minor "not amounting to lewd conduct," but included simulated sexual intercourse by "dry humping" and inappropriate touching.
She was 14 or 15 years old at the time and has since moved out of state with her family.
Owner Stefano Bronzati welcomed members of the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce board of directors to Winger's Express on Thursday.
"The Cruz brothers did a good job," Bronzati said of the local construction company which rebuilt the interior of the former Original Winger's store at 1215 Parkway Drive.
"This is much more comfortable than before," he said of the changed interior. The construction workers took down part of the walls that had separated the dining area from a bar area.