Jamila Love Williams, a Grand Rapids University Prep Academy teacher, waived a probable cause hearing in Wyoming on Wednesday, June 19. Williams is accused of having sexual relations with two teenage students, and has been charged with four counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
According to a news article at Mlive.com, Williams waived the evidentiary hearing in order to further negotiate with Kent County prosecutors. Prosecutors may add a charge of first-degree CSC if no deal is reached with Williams, according to Chris Becker, Kent County Chief Assistant Prosecutor.
A news article at the Lansing State Journal reveals that Williams allegedly had sexual relations with two boys who are 15 and 16 years old between March 1 and June 1 of this year. The inappropriate contact occurred at multiple locations, according to the report. Williams has been placed on administrative leave by school district officials.
Williams had effective and highly effective performance ratings on work evaluations, and had no history of any wrongdoing prior to this incident. In fact, several current and former employees of GRPS commented that she was a "good, effective teacher" according to her personnel file. Williams had said that one of her goals for the 2012-13 year was to have 80% of her Algebra I students to achieve a minimum of 80% mastery of the concepts.
Gloria Allred, a nationally known celebrity attorney, was in the courtroom on Wednesday to support the alleged victims, although it was not known whether she may be representing the two alleged victims.
Michigan sex crime lawyers know that if convicted, Williams may spend up to 15 years in prison. Should prosecutors add a charge of first-degree CSC, the punishment will be even more severe. It is likely that Williams will also be required to register as a sex offender if convicted.