Trial date set for Benton teacher accused of molesting students; defense says it’s too soon

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The defense attorney of the Benton Elementary School  teacher accused of sexually molesting a number of students is crying foul over a May trial date set this morning for his client. 

Aubrey Norcross was arrested in late October, and over the course of the next few days was charged  with eight counts of molestation of a juvenile, two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile, one count of first degree rape and one count of video voyeurism. 

Today was the first time Norcross had been in court since he pleaded not-guilty at his arraignment on Nov.  20, 2018, and the judge set May 6, 2019, as the date Norcross’ trial will begin.

But Fish said there is no way a trial of this magnitude can be prepared in less than three months, explaining that he’s seen very little evidence at this point, and much of it hasn’t been turned in by investigators. 

He said he plans to file a motion to delay the trial, and also a motion for a change of venue, as so much local publicity has surrounded the alleged crimes. 

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