EASTON, Pa. - Was a former teacher and coach in Bangor, Northampton County, accused of stealing underwear years ago, back at it again?
That was the question at the center of a preliminary hearing Monday, but we'll have to wait a little longer to find out the answer.
Curt Reimer's attorney, Phil Lauer, said there is a reason his client was in the boys' locker room of Bangor Area High School, and it's one he will have to explain at a later date.
Reimer didn't have anything to say as he walked into the courtroom.
According to court records, Reimer is facing burglary, criminal trespass and theft charges after Bangor Area School District police noticed him in the high school boys' locker room.
"There was a legitimate reason for him being there," said Lauer. "But I also understand the concern by the school district, and they have an obligation to protect the kids."
Reimer is a former teacher and coach at the school. When he was asked to leave the locker room on March 19, 2014, Reimer was noticed concealing items in his jacket pocket, according to court documents.
Those records also said Reimer was accused in 2002 of taking 40 pairs of underwear from students at the same school. No charges were filed in that incident.
"Frankly, there was no criminal conduct," added Lauer. "So, there wouldn't have been any charges."
Witnesses from the Bangor Area School District and students were in the courtroom ready to testify, but Reimer waived his preliminary hearing and both sides said they are currently working on a plea agreement to the current charges.
"Hopeful that in the near future we can probably put something together that will be fair to everybody," said Lauer.
If a plea deal is reached, Northampton County Assistant District Attorney Travis Weber said he believes the district attorney's office won't accept anything less than a felony charge, which could carry a sentence of three to nine months in jail.
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