More than 30 motions were filed Monday in Catoosa County Superior Court in the case of a former Chickamauga school teacher accused of molesting three children.
Judge Brian House presided over the motions hearing, including an attempt by the defense to remove the lead prosecutor from the case.
Tonya Craft is facing 22 counts of child molestation, aggravated sexual battery and aggravated child molestation. Her trial is scheduled to begin Monday.
The defense, lead by Chattanooga attorney Clancy J. Covert, argued in motions that prosecutor Chris Arnt should be dismisssed because he lead a witness by advising Catoosa County sheriff Phil Summers to dismiss a subpoena; he told the media that Craft was “acting guilty” by taking her case public; and he commented on the case on his Face-book page.
Judge House denied the motion.
Craft went visibly public recently on a Chattanooga TV news station to talk about the case.
Judge House subsequently placed a gag order on the case prohibiting anyone to talk publicly about the case.
In 2008, Craft was accused of molesting a former student and was fired from Chickamauga Elementary School,where she was a kindergarten teacher.
Craft has been very vocal of her innocence of being accused of molesting girls inside her residence in Chicka-mauga.
Craft had been a kindergarten teacher at Chickamauga Elementary for three years.
According to a Sheriff’s Department report, the crimes occurred between Aug. 10, 2005, and May 10, 2007.
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