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

By Adam Wagner

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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April is a weird name for a guy??

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.

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.

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

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.

Sniff, how sad. Not.

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

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

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.