Accused teacher waives hearing; celeb attorney in attendance

5:58 PM, Jul 24, 2013   |    comments
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Jamila Williams

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids teacher accused of having sex with her students was back in court Wednesday. So was celebrity attorney, Gloria Allred, who was there to support the alleged victims in the case.

Jamila Williams, 35, took the stand but waived her preliminary hearing. As she stood by her attorney, high profile attorney, Gloria Allred was watching from the audience after flying from Los Angeles to support the victims.

In the most recent charges, there are two boys, ages 15 and 16. Both say they had sexual contact with Jamila Williams, who was a teacher at University Prep Academy. A probable cause affidavit shows investigators have text messages to prove the allegations.

One of the teens said Williams touched him on the private parts at a restaurant. The other teen said he and Williams had sex at his home in Grand Rapids. In the other cases, the teenage boys said they had sexual contact with Williams in a car and in an alley.

"If Ms. Williams chooses to exercise her right to a trial, she's going to have to face these boys at some point. They are going to tell the truth," said Allred.

Allred is not the attorney for the boys, but says she will follow the criminal case through to the end. She recently represented several victims of sexual assault by faculty members at a school in New York. "We were able to settle that case and most of the clients were men, who were abused when they were boys," said Allred.

Allred was at the hearing with local attorney Jeanie Eardle. They said they are investigating the possibility of working on a civil case together.

As for Jamila Williams, she is now facing a total of seven charges. Neither she nor her attorney would comment on the case.

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