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Christopher Cox, age 38, the principal of Snake River Junior High, has been arrested on two counts of felony sexual abuse of a minor, according to Bingham County Sheriff Dave Johnson. He was booked into jail at 3 p.m. He will be arraigned at 9 a.m. today.
After receiving a complaint from a student who has since moved to Wyoming, a Bingham County detective interviewed the victim and subsequently began an investigation, Johnson said.
"After Cox was interviewed, charges were filed," Johnson said. Each count carries a sentence of 25 years in the Idaho State Penitentiary and a fine of $50,000.
According to the sheriff, Cox was immediately suspended from his school duties, with pay.
"We will do whatever is appropriate," said Snake River school board member Steve Reader. "As far as I know, Ray Carter, assistant principal at SRHS, and L.T. Erickson, SR federal programs director, will take care of the junior high for the rest of the year or as long as it takes."
Superintendent Russell Hammond was at Day on the Hill in Boise and was not available for comment.