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      Former Palmyra teacher, coach in court on sex charges

      Former Palmyra High School teacher Randy Shepard

      The former Palmyra High School teacher and assistant football coach made his first in-court appearance Monday since his arrested on charges that he carried on a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student.

      Randy Shepard, 40, of Hannibal is charged with second-degree statutory rape, second-degree statutory sodomy and sexual contact with a student by a teacher.

      He's scheduled for arraignment April 16 before Judge Rachel Bringer, according to court records.

      The former communications teacher was placed on administrative leave in January after allegations were brought to the school district and the investigation began.

      The school board fired him in February. He was formally charged March 9.

      He remains in the Marion County Jail on $100,000 bond.