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UPDATE:

For the second time this week, Jonathan Kirk will be back in court. This time for a bond hearing.

Kirk, a former PikeView High School gym teacher and coach, was arrested earlier this month on 18 sex related crimes. He resigned in January after West Virginia State Police began their investigation.

On Monday, he waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Today he will be back in court for a bond hearing. Currently, he is being held on a $100,000 cash only bond. His lawyers are expected to ask for that to be lowered.

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One week after a former PikeView high school teacher was arrested for several sex crimes involving students, he is back in court.

Shackled and cuffed, Jonathan Kirk, the ex-PikeView high school teacher and coach is one step closer to getting his day in court.   According to court documents, Jonathan Kirk is facing more than a dozen sex charges involving students. In a closed hearing Kirk waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

"There was an agreement for wavier in exchange for early discovery in this matter. What that means is that we would make any statements of any other evidence available to the defense council. Defense would otherwise not be entitled to that until after the grand jury," John McGinnis, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, explained.

The case is now being transferred from lower court over to circuit courts and a bond hearing is expected to be scheduled for this week.

Kirk remains in the Southern Regional Jail on a $100,000 cash only bond.

What that means, is Kirk must pay every penny of the amount in cash in order to get bonded out from behind bars.

Officials said they expect Kirk's defense to ask for a lower bond at a hearing on Thursday. McGinnis said hopefully the case will go before grand jury in June. If Kirk is indicted, the case will move onto a criminal trial.  

To read the 59 News original story about the original case, click here.