Former Palmyra teacher accused of sex with student again has bond reduction denied

Randy Shepard, the former Palmyra High School teacher accused of having sex with a student, is escorted to the Marion County Courthouse for his preliminary hearing on Monday, April 9. (H-W File Photo/Steve Bohnstedt)
Posted: Apr. 17, 2012 4:37 pm Updated: May. 2, 2012 8:15 am

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Randall "Randy" Shepard, the former Palmyra High School coach and teacher accused of having sex with a student, will remain in jail after a second request to reduce his bond was denied.

Judge Rachel Bringer said Monday in Marion County circuit court that she would take under advisement Shepard attorney P. Eric Bond's motion for bond reduction. However, a filing Tuesday on Case.net, Missouri's online courts database, showed that Bringer has denied the motion.

Shepard, 40, who waived Monday a formal reading in circuit court of the felony sex charges he faces, remains lodged in the Marion County Jail on $100,000 cash-only bond. Bond had sought to have that reduced to $50,000 or less and the cash-only restriction lifted.

In a lengthy argument for the motion, Bond told the court that Shepard needs to be at home in Marion County with his family, particularly in light of a medical condition that afflicts his wife. He added that during the roughly six weeks that passed between Shepard's becoming aware of a Missouri State Highway Patrol investigation and the arrest to which that investigation ultimately led, Shepard did not attempt to flee the county.

Marion County Prosecutor Tom Redington objected, citing the seriousness of the charges and, for the first time, alleging that Shepard attempted to tamper with evidence before his arrest.

Shepard is due back in court May 21 for a hearing related to some processing delays for DNA evidence in the case.

He is charged with one count each of second-degree statutory rape, second-degree statutory sodomy and sexual contact with a student by a teacher.

A former assistant football coach and communication arts teacher at Palmyra High School, he is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl who was a student at the high school.

A previous motion for bond reduction was denied at the associate circuit court level.

-- mpoletti@whig.com/221-3385