INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTHI) - The initial hearing for former Vigo County Schools Superintendent Dr. Danny Tanoos was very quick.
Several family and friends joined Tanoos in support of him.
He was also joined by Mr. Jimmy Voyles, a prominent defense attorney here in the Indianapolis area.
Here's what the judge did:
The judge read Tanoos his charges.
He's charged with one class C felony, which carries a penalty of 2 to 8 years in prison.
He's also charged with two level 5 felonies, which carry 1 to 6 years in prison.
Tanoos has a trial date set for December 6th, a pretrial date set for November 21st.
And the judge reminded Tanoos he must be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
One additional point the judge made towards the end of the hearing while Tanoos is released on his own recognizance, the judge reminded him he cannot leave the state of Indiana without her written consent.
The Marion County, Indiana prosecutor filed charges against Tanoos on Monday.
Federal agents point to three separate instances that led to felony bribery charges filed against Tanoos.
The federal agents who worked this case say Tanoos asked for favors from Energy Systems Group (ESG) in exchange for jobs in the school corporation.
Both sides have already agreed Tanoos will remain free on his own recognizance.
He's been ordered to submit his fingerprints to the state.
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