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Judge raises Knotts' bond to $1 million

Harvey Knotts' bond was raised to $1-million at a hearing Monday. Harvey Knotts' bond was raised to $1-million at a hearing Monday.

The Huntsville elementary school teacher accused of sexually abusing eight students at McDonnell Elementary School was in court Monday morning for a bond hearing.

40-year-old Harvey Knotts' attorney asked that he be released on bond. But the state says hold up his past alone is reason enough to keep him behind bars.

He's been in jail since his arrest last week and that's where the prosecuting attorney says Knotts should stay.

"The reason we had the hearing today was because it came to our attention that he was a fugitive from justice in Bermuda so for that reason we feel he is a flight risk. We wanted to make sure the bond was high enough to guarantee his presence before the court," said Proscecutor Jason Scully Clemmons.

Knotts was arrested Wednesday and charged with seven counts of abuse involving five young victims.

Then Huntsville Police added 3 more charges late Friday. Over the weekend, bond was set at $230,000 dollars.

That all changed when Judge Allison Austin set bond for $1 million dollars, which equals out to $100,000 dollars per count.

Knotts' attorney argued saying his client has no record of wrong doing and that he hasn't been convicted on similar allegations in Bermuda. His attorney feels Knotts deserves a chance to be released.

"I think its excessive for the amount. It makes the bond on 230,000 to 1 million that's steep for anybody," said Defense Attorney, Chad Morgan.

If Knotts does make bond, he will have to wear an ankle bracelet and report to a parole officer.

He is on administrative leave with pay.

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