The Morning News â€” Leslie Mielke
Christopher Cox, former principal of the Snake River Junior High School, appeared before District Judge Gregory Moeller Tuesday morning. He plead not guilty to three counts of sexual abuse of a child under age 16.
Appearing before District Judge Gregory Moeller Tuesday morning, Christopher Cox plead not guilty to three counts of sexual abuse of a child under age 16.
Cox, age 39, is the former principal of the Snake River Junior High School.
If convicted, Cox would face a maximum sentence on each count of 25 years in the Idaho State Prison, $50,000 fine and would be required to register as a sex offender.
If Cox were convicted and the sentences were to be served consecutively, Cox would face 75 years in prison, a $150,000 fine and would be required to register as a sex offender.
The judge said Cox could also face civil fines and penalties of $5,000 on each charge.
"I will regard you as innocent before the law until such time as you are convicted by a unanimous jury of your peers or unless you convict yourself with your own words," said Judge Moeller.
Trial is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11, and is anticipated to continue until Thursday, July 12.
Pre-trial is set for 2 p.m. on Monday, June 11. All motions are to be presented by the pre-trial date.
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 and inappropriate touching.
Judge Moeller left in place a no contact order until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 13, with the alleged victim or the victim's family. Cox was ordered to have no contact with minors under 18 years old with the exception of his own child and he was ordered to avoid any places where minors may congregate.
On Tuesday, Judge Moeller did allow Cox to have supervised visits with Kimberly Williams and her five sons because she is direct family.