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Change of Venue Granted for Coach Accused of Sexual Misconduct With Student

CROCKER, Mo. – A former high school coach, charged with having sexual contact with a student, will now face trial in Texas County after a request for a change of venue was sustained.
CROCKER, Mo. – A former high school coach, charged with having sexual contact with a student, will now face trial in Texas County after a request for a change of venue was sustained.

According to online court documents, Kevin S. Zimmerman attended a trial setting hearing on Dec. 23 and he filed for a change of venue.

During the hearing, Judge William Hickle granted the change of venue from Pulaski County, where the alleged crimes took place, to Texas County.

Zimmerman is charged with three counts of sexual conduct with a student by a teacher, a class D felony.

According to a probable cause statement, an investigation against Zimmerman began Oct. 2 after he sent pornographic images to an undercover officer.

During the course of the investigation, Zimmerman was interviewed and admitted to being in a relationship with a student, a senior at the high school, while employed by the Crocker School District.

Zimmerman was immediately arrested and removed from the school.

Crocker Police Chief Chris Twitchel says he believes there is only one victim.

During a hearing on Nov. 18, 2013, Zimmerman waived a formal arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty.

If convicted, he could face up to 12 years in prison.

A pretrial conference is set for March 4 at 9 a.m., followed by a jury trial set for March 20 to begin at 8:30 a.m.

Zimmerman is required to appear in each trial in person.

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