Judge denies request to reduce bond for former teacher accused of molesting student


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Submitted: Thu, 11/14/2013 - 1:48pm
Updated: Thu, 11/14/2013 - 1:52pm By:

By Adam Wagner
Adam.Wagner@StarNewsOnline.com

WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — A reduction of bond was denied Wednesday for a former middle school teacher charged last year with indecent liberties in the molestation of a middle school student.

However, New Hanover County Superior Court Judge W. Allen Cobb told prosecutors they had until next month’s administrative hearings to interview the alleged victim or he would reconsider his decision.

April Marie Schaefer, 27, has been in jail on a $500,000 bond since her arrest nearly a year ago Nov. 29.

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10 Comments

  • Problem says:

    I am not taking sides here, but I would like to point out something. This person has been in jail for a year because the prosecutorshave not found the time to interview the victim. What is to become of this if they find the victim is lieing? This person has sat in year for a year for not reason…

    I think this is to long for someone to wait on someone to do the job they are paid to do.

  • guest0101 says:

    April is a weird name for a guy??

  • Guest2020 says:

    Her attorney is okay. It is not unusual for someone to be incarcerated this length of time while awaiting trial.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    am I defending this person if she is guilty.

    But, everyone accused of a crime is entitled to a speedy trial and to face their accuser in a court of law.

    One year later, she is still incarcerated; denied a bond reduction; and apparently the DA’s office is unable to even get a statement from the accuser.

    Either the accused has been denied a public defender or she has the dumbest attorney to ever be licensed in NC.

  • tweety13 says:

    Go figure someone sitting in jail that could be innocent.That surely can’t be the casefor one of yours.

  • guesty says:

    Sniff, how sad. Not.

  • guesty says:

    I see you came out from under your rock. Go back under.

  • 211 says:

    Maybe you’d like to volunteer to go sit in his/her place until its resolved? Besides, everyone still has a right to their opinion, whether we agree with it or not.

  • Girlonfire says:

    I know April and even tho she was released after being locked up for a year it is true. She did have a sexual relationship with one of her former students. And she was set free even tho she was guilty. The family and the young girl moved away they just wanted to move on with their lives that’s why they couldn’t get an interview

  • SurfCityTom says:

    or are you the attorney?

    They’ve not gotten a statement from the accuser. If the report is accurate, the accuser has given conflicting reports but no statement.

    This definitely fails in giving her the right to a speedy trial and facing her accuser in a court of law.

    Her attorney should be up for review by the State Bar.

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