A preliminary hearing for a former staff member of a private Christian school in Tuolumne accused of sexually abusing a female student in the 1990s was set for Nov. 22 by a Tuolumne County Superior Court Judge.
Mona McGrady, a former basketball coach and physical education teacher at Mother Lode Christian School, appeared briefly in the Tuolumne County Superior Court on Friday for the hearing.
McGrady’s attorney, Clint Parish, told Judge James Boscoe that he and the prosecution, represented by Tuolumne County Assistant District Attorney Eric Hovatter, had decided on the date.
The preliminary hearing, which is where a judge will determine if there is enough evidence to bring a defendant to trial, will likely take several hours, Parish said.
McGrady is charged on suspicion of 13 counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child 14 or 15 years old and one count of sexual penetration with a foreign object of a person under 18 years of age.
Investigators said in court documents that the alleged crimes occurred between 1994 and 1997 while McGrady as a staff member at Mother Lode Christian School.
McGrady pleaded not guilty to all charges on Aug. 23.
Boscoe did not address a restraining order against McGrady for the victim which was brought up at McGrady’s arraignment hearing on Sept. 20.
A group of people who identified themselves as supporters of the victim were at the hearing.
The affadavit described 14 incidents of sexual abuse in Tuolumne and Stanislaus counties beginning when the girl was 14 years old.
McGrady was arrested on May 21 and has remained out of custody since posting $100,000 bail.