Teen Allegedly Violates ‘Safe Schools Act’

| June 12, 2012 | 10:12 am
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Randy Estenbaum

A former Hardin-Central student’s bond could be revoked after he was accused of violating the “Safe Schools Act.”  During an appearance in a Ray County courtroom on Tuesday, Randy Estenbaum, 18, and his attorney Mark Goodwin were notified of Ray County Prosecutor Danielle Roger’s recent motion to revoke bond.  Judge James Thompson, reading the request, said the teen allegedly violated the “Safe Schools Act” because he was found within 1,000 feet of school property.

Estenbaum could face additional charges related to the violation.  He is currently charged with forcible sodomy, assault, and sexual misconduct related to acts reportedly carried out in the school locker room on a number of occasions in the fall of 2011, according to court records. Estenbaum waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday and he was bound over to Ray County Circuit Court.  He will return to the courthouse on Wednesday, June 13th at 9:00 a.m.

Attorneys are slated to discuss the bond revocation issue on June 26th at 9:30 am.  If the judge signs the document at that time, Estenbaum could be ushered from the courtroom to jail.

To read the “Safe Schools Act” click here (PDF).

Jeffrey Ellis, 17, was also charged in the case.  Ellis is facing one count of forcible sodomy.  The next court appearance for Ellis was set for June 19 at 10 a.m.  Two other students listed in the probable cause statements have not been formally charged.  The Ray County Juvenile Office is handling their cases.

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