Bedford, VA - The case against a former Bedford County School Resource Officer is moving forward to a grand jury.
Monday morning, E.W. Grubbs - accusing of having a sexual relationship with a Liberty High school student - waived his right to a preliminary hearing. In exchange, the state agreed to drop several charges against him including the abduction charge.
Grubbs is accused of jumping bail in November. He was later found in Kentucky with the 16-year-old victim.
The Roanoke County Commonwealth's attorney, who's prosecuting the case, says the victim's family is relieved with Monday's deal because she won't have to testify before trial.
"In my judgment it's the best to proceed this way. And I've got five felonies certified and the young lady did not have to testify. I consider this a winning situation," said Randy Leach, the Roanoke County Commonwealth's Attorney.
Grubbs is still charged with five counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor. If convicted, he could face up to 25 years in prison.
Charges will go before a grand jury on May 3 to be certified.