UPDATE: Preliminary exam for former Jackson High School teacher continues

Jonathan Hastings Courtesy of Mlive.

UPDATE 10:45 a.m. – The preliminary examination of former Jackson High School teacher/coach Jonathan Hastings has been continued until August 16. The delay was requested by the defense to better allow the discovery process of evidence to continue.

JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – A former Jackson High School teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student is expected in court today.

Jonathan Hastings had been a social studies teacher at the high school since 2000 and later became the school’s baseball coach as well.

On May 14th Hastings resigned after the school district launched an investigation.

Eight days later he was formally charged with “using a computer to commit a crime” and “promoting and distributing child sexually abusive activity.”

Officials say those charges stem from a situation with a 17-year-old student back in April.

Last month the case against him hit a snag in court. After just 40 minutes the judge chose to pause the proceedings because of lack of evidence.

Today the preliminary exam will pick-up where it left off.

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