A Mississippi teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a student was denied bail after investigators dropped the disturbing charges in court.
Jackson County Sheriff's Lt. Kristen Johnson said, “He (James Donald Hawkins II) had plans to go to Louisiana to elope, but things were moving faster than he originally expected. “I spoke,” he testified. According to WLOX.
Hawkins II, 38, a former high school physics teacher in the Ocean Springs School District, allegedly began a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student after he soothed her in the spring.
In her testimony, Johnson said Hawkins admitted to having sex with the boy at his home and in the parking lot of the Ocean Springs Walmart, according to local news outlets.
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He was arrested Nov. 30 and charged with felony sexual assault, according to inmate records.
Law enforcement said the investigation is ongoing and further charges are possible.
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“The victim said it started in the spring of 2023, before the end of her last school year,” Johnson told the court Tuesday during Hawkins II's probable cause hearing. “According to Mr. Hawkins, he admitted that they had sex about once a month, including at his home and in her car.”
It is reportedly the same house where he lives with his wife and their infant child. The Sun Herald reported.
Bond was set at $150,000, according to inmate records. The judge also ordered him to stay away from his students and their families.
Hawkins II's attorney, Cameron McCormick, and the school district did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital's request for comment, but the school district told local news outlets after Hawkins II's arrest that he had been fired. School officials said in a statement that the accusations were “disgusting and intolerable.”
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“OSSD is deeply troubled by the arrest and indictment of a teacher announced today by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department,” the school district said in a statement.
“Tonight, district officials were notified by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department of the arrest and subsequent charges against James Hawkins, and he has been terminated from OSSD.”