Published on March 19th, 2013 | by Daniel Perlman0
Gym teacher’s bond reduced to $5K cash
Bond was reduced by $15,000 on Monday for a Horlick High School gym teacher accused of trying to entice a 15-year-old female student to show him what was under her sweatshirt in exchange for a good grade.
Thomas L. Adams, 61, of Caledonia, was arrested last month by Racine police after the teen allegedly reported that Adams — her gym teacher — repeatedly asked her on Feb. 7 to uncover her chest. Thomas allegedly said “if you want a good grade, you’ll have to show me,” according to his criminal complaint.
After hearing a joint request from lawyers on Monday to lower Adams’ bond to $5,000 cash, Racine County Circuit Judge Tim Boyle agreed. He reduced Adams’ bond to $5,000 cash.
Defense attorney Patrick Cafferty said he initially was going to request bond be reduced to $2,500, but before Monday’s hearing began, Racine County Assistant District Attorney Randy Schneider agreed to the reducing the bond to $5,000. Adams has been free on $20,000 cash bond since last month.
“I think $5,000 … is sufficient for bond,” Schneider said during the hearing.
But, he added, only if Boyle continued no-contact orders prohibiting Adams from Horlick High School grounds, contact with minors younger than 18 unless accompanied by an adult and contact with the alleged victim and her family.
Boyle cited as reasons for reducing Adams’ bond that Adams has no prior criminal record, he currently is not teaching and he is a lifelong resident in this area.
“At this point he’s on leave, so he’s not supposed to be there (at the school),” Cafferty said during the hearing.
Adams is not accused of touching the girl.
He is charged with one count of child enticement, a felony. He pleaded not guilty to that charge last month.
The girl reportedly told police she had forgotten her gym shirt on Feb. 7 and Adams allegedly asked to “take a peek” at what she was wearing underneath her sweatshirt, according to his complaint. When she replied only her bra was underneath, she said Adams asked what color it was and to expose herself for a good grade, the complaint stated.
Earlier this month, a Racine Unified School District spokeswoman said Adams was placed on unpaid leave on Feb. 14 — the day prosecutors charged him.
Adams has been a teacher for about 15 years, the past seven at Horlick High School, 2119 Rapids Drive. He also worked as a Racine police officer for about a decade, prior to becoming a teacher.
A pretrial conference is set for April 12.
Source: Journal Times “Gym teacher’s bond reduced to $5K cash,” March 11, 2013.