ELKO – A former Wells elementary teacher facing charges of sex with multiple high school students waived her preliminary hearing in justice court Nov. 1.

Tennille Whitaker was scheduled for a hearing Nov. 7 in Elko Justice Court on 12 counts of sexual contact between a school employee or volunteer and pupil, a category C felony. The charges are spread among four male Wells High School students between the ages of 16 and 18 years old.

Court documents stated the conduct took place on school property. Whitaker was an employee of the Elko County School District for 11 years and resigned in August.

By waiving the preliminary hearing, Whitaker is bound over to Elko District Court for arraignment at a later date which has not been set.

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Whitaker was released from custody after posting bail the day after her arrest in June.


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