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Ex-principal waives preliminary hearing

March 22, 2012

The Morning News — Leslie Mielke Christopher Cox, on the right, stands with his attorney, Justin Oleson, during his preliminary hearting Thursday morning before Judge Charles Roos in Blackfoot.

Christopher Cox, 38, the former principal at Snake River Junior High School, waived his preliminary hearing Thursday morning as he appeared before Seventh District Magistrate Judge Charles Roos.
Cox will appear before District Judge Darren Simpson for his arraignment at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 2.
Cox is accused of three counts of sexual abuse of a child under 15. It is alleged the victim was 14 years old at the time of the incidents. She has since left the area with her family.
The criminal complaint against Cox 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.
In a preliminary hearing, prosecutors have the burden of proof, but must only show probable cause that a defendant committed an alleged charge before proceeding to trial.
At trial, prosecutors must prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" which is the highest standard of proof that must be met in any trial.
Judge Roos left a no contact order in place.

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