A former Wallace Community College instructor charged with sex crimes against a child will have her case heard by a Dale County district judge next month.
Special agents with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s State Bureau of Investigation arrested 38-year-old Kimberly Sonanstine of Ozark on Oct. 5 after agents executed a search warrant at an Ozark residence.
Sonanstine, a biology instructor at Wallace in Dothan at the time of her arrest, was charged with two counts of traveling to meet a child for a sex act, eight counts of second-degree sodomy, and 30 counts of second-degree sexual abuse.
District Judge William Stanley Garner Jr. will decide if Sonanstine is guilty of the second-degree sexual abuse charges during a bench trial set for Nov. 18, according to court records.
Dale County District Attorney Kirke Adams is prosecuting the case against Sonanstine, who is being represented by lawyers Carmen Howell and Clifton Raynor.
Later in the month, Sonanstine is set to have the rest of her charges considered by a grand jury that will decide whether enough evidence exists to indict her. The grand jury trial is set for Nov. 30.
Meanwhile, Sonanstine’s lawyers are trying to get her released from the Dale County Jail, where she has been held on a $500,000 bond since her arrest. They filed a motion earlier this week calling the bond amounts excessive and requesting they be decreased so Sonanstine can post them and be released from jail.
They argued that Sonanstine, a lifelong resident of Dale County, has no previous criminal record and is not a flight risk or danger to the public. Furthermore, the allegations on which the charges are based allegedly occurred approximately five years ago.
A bond reduction hearing was continued to Wednesday. If Sonanstine is able to post bond, she is ordered to not make contact with the victim or victim’s family.