Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 28, 2013

Bond reduction denied for former Mercer County coach facing 18 felony counts

By Greg Jordan
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON —  A Mercer County Circuit Court judge has denied a motion to reduce the bond of a former PikeView High School teacher and coach.

 Judge Derek Swope denied a motion to reduce the bond for Jonathan Kirk, 34, of Walton, who is facing 18 felony charges including multiple counts of use of obscene matter with intent to seduce a minor and use of minors in filming sexually explicit conduct. Swope also remanded Kirk back to the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver.

Kirk has been held at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver on a $100,000 cash-only bond since his arrest March 18. Kirk was a former physical education teacher and coach who worked with the football and baseball teams. The alleged victims were female students between the ages of 16 and 18 years old.