MASON COUNTY — A substitute teacher at Hannan Junior/Senior High School has waived his right to a preliminary hearing after being charged with two counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or person in a position of trust to a child.
James P. Hadinger, 43, Gallipolis Ferry, appeared before Mason County Magistrate Cheryl Miller Ross on Thursday for the hearing with court appointed attorney, Bryan Cromley. By waiving his right to a preliminary hearing, this means Hadinger’s case can now go to a grand jury which would decide whether or not there is probable cause for an indictment and further proceedings in circuit court.
Also at the hearing, Hadinger’s bond was reduced from $200,000 to $100,000. He was also ordered to have no contact with anyone under the age of 18 unless they are family members.
As reported, the criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court alleges Hadinger, who has been a substitute teacher at Hannan Junior/Senior High School over the last several weeks, became involved with a female student. On Feb. 12, the complaint states Hadinger and the minor met at a local grocery store where the minor got into his truck, and the two traveled to Hannan Junior/Senior High School to watch a basketball game.
Hadinger and the minor then reportedly left the game early with Hadinger driving to an abandoned house on Ball Chapel Rd. in Ashton where Hadinger engaged in sexual contact with the minor, according to the complaint.
Hadinger’s employment as a substitute teacher for the 2012-13 school year was approved on July 24, 2012 by the Mason County Board of Education. Hadinger was also approved on Nov. 13, 2012, as the seventh grade girls’ basketball coach, at Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School for the 2012-13 school year.
Hadinger’s case is being investigated by the Mason County Sheriff’s Department. The Mason County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is also examining the case.
As of press time Thursday, Hadinger was listed as remaining housed in the Western Regional Jail.