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Former Earhart Elementary teacher accused of child sex crimes in court Tuesday

Two hearings are scheduled for Tuesday morning for a former Amelia Earhart Elementary teacher accused of sex crimes against children. Joseph Kimerer will appear at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse for two motions that have been scheduled.

Posted: Jul 3, 2018 6:29 AM
Updated: Jul 3, 2018 9:57 AM

This story has been updated : Judge denies Kimerer's request for test jury; trial date set

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Two hearings are scheduled for Tuesday morning for a former Amelia Earhart Elementary teacher accused of sex crimes against children. Joseph Kimerer will appear at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse for two motions that have been scheduled. 

Earl McCoy, Kimerer's attorney, said one is the state's motion to revoke bond. The other motion is McCoy and Kimerer's motion for a test jury. McCoy said this is to ensure they are able to obtain a fair and impartial jury in Tippecanoe County.

He added there has been a lot of coverage on this case being relayed to the public. McCoy said the public's interpretation of that information has led to some pretty scathing comments. He said anytime there's this type of activity on a case, it's in everybody's best interest to try and have a test jury.

"Those comments show that community members that are potential jurors, at least some, are being vocal about having already formed an opinion on this case even those the case hasn't proceeded to trial yet," said McCoy.

Kimerer is currently out on bond and it's been requested twice he be allowed to move out of state. One request was made at the beginning of the case and the second at another hearing. McCoy said the move would be beneficial for many of the parties invovled in this case.

News 18 will have the results of the hearing Tuesday on News 18 at Noon.

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