Williamston teacher in child pornography case to stand trial

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By Meagan Beck
The Williamston Post

On Feb. 5, Williamston biology teacher James Preston, 45, who is facing child pornography charges, waived his preliminary hearing and will stand trial.

The preliminary hearing would have determined there was enough evidence was present for a trial.

Williamston police are currently unsure if any Williamston students are involved.

Preston is being charged with two counts of possessing child pornography and one count of using a computer to commit a crime.

If he is convicted, Preston will face four years in prison for each of the child pornography charges and up to 10 years for using a computer to commit a crime.

Judge Donald Allen ruled the continuation of Preston’s bond of $10,000 on Thursday at the hearing in the 55th District Court.

Preston can’t be have unsupervised contact with minors or come within 500 feet of Williamston Public Schools.

A court official said the trial will occur in the next four to six weeks.

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