Friday, March 19, 2004

Teacher charged with
10 more instances of molestation



The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE - A Jefferson County grand jury Thursday indicted a former teacher on 10 more molestation charges.

Bill Maggard Jr., who worked at public and religious schools in Louisville, now faces 10 counts of indecent or immoral practices with a child less than 15.

Maggard, 56, was indicted in December on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. He is accused of molesting seven boys between 1973 and 1975, when he was a fifth-grade teacher at Schaffner Elementary School.

The new indictment says Maggard molested the boys either at school or at his home.

Maggard was initially indicted Dec. 17. He pleaded not guilty at his Dec. 22 arraignment and later posted a $5,000 bond.

Maggard taught 13 years in Jefferson County Public Schools and later worked at a school operated by Highview Baptist Church, where he also volunteered in Sunday school and choir programs until recently.

The 6,000-member church is one of the state's largest Southern Baptist congregations.

Maggard taught from 1969 to 1975 at Schaffner and from 1975 to 1982 at Williams Middle School, said a district spokeswoman.




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