Jun 17, 2010 12:06 PM by Mike Magnoli
39 year old Allison Hargrave was to appear in federal court today for a detention hearing, but according to the U.S. Attorney on the case, Luke Walker, Hargrave is waiving her right for that hearing and will remain in custody until she goes to trial on August 9th.
Hargrave is charged with using computers to solicit sexual activity from a minor: She was first sued by the victim's family and later charged by the FBI, for an inappropriate relationship with a teen girl from the Ascension Episcopal School, where Hargrave was an employee.
Last week Hargrave entered a not guilty plea before a Magistrate Judge, but under federal law, a defendant is required to enter a not guilty plea.
If convicted, Hargrave faces at least 10 years and up to life sentence in a federal prison.
Evidence would have been shown at today's hearing by the prosecution to convince the judge that Hargrave should remain in custody. Lawyers working on both the civil and criminal cases tell KATC there is a long electronic trail that implicates Hargrave, emails and internet exchanges, but the lawyers point out that Hargrave is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.