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Substitute Teacher Accused of Sex Crime Will Remain in Jail

A judge in the 47th District Court denied a request for Andrew Montgomery Howell to be released from jail with a GPS tether.

The longtime Farmington Public Schools substitute teacher accused of criminal sexual conduct will remain jailed on a $1 million bond, according to an article in the Observer & Eccentric.

The article states that Andrew Montgomery Howell's attorney asked for a lower bond and to have Howell put on a GPS tether instead of staying in jail, but the judge denied the request Friday.

As Farmington-Farmington Hills Patch previously reported, Howell, 58, of Farmington Hills faces a charge of criminal sexual conduct in the 2nd Degree.

Howell was arrested on March 27 after an incident reported to have occurred during school hours at Hillside Elementary School. In a district-wide list serv statement sent on Friday, Farmington Public Schools Superintendent Sue Zurvalec said district officials were notified on March 19 of a "complaint alleging inappropriate conduct". 

The statement noted Howell was immediately blocked from substituting in the district; he had been a substitute teacher for 25 years, police said.

According to the Observer & Eccentric, Howell is due back in court for a preliminary exam on April 17.

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