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February 11, 2012

Charged teacher waives exam, denied bond

SUTTONS BAY — A former Traverse City schoolteacher waived a preliminary examination and remains in jail on a charge of having sex with a student.

Lisa Placek, 45, was bound over to 13th Circuit Court on Friday on a felony count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

She was charged Jan. 30 for allegedly having oral sex with a 15-year-old male student on New Year's Eve in Elmwood Township. She remains in the Leelanau County Jail with no bond.

Leelanau County Prosecutor Joseph Hubbell said Placek's attorney, Patrick Heintz, asked the court to set an unspecified bail amount, but 86th District Judge Thomas J. Phillips rejected that request.

Hubbell said he didn't oppose bail but wasn't surprised Phillips left Placek in jail.

A circuit court pre-trial hearing will be held in early March, Hubbell said. Placek was a teacher and coach at Traverse City West Senior High School. She was placed on leave Jan. 20 and resigned four days later.

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