Ex-Teacher Toms’ “exploitation of a minor” case on trial this week

RUTHERFORD Co., N.C. — After a series of postponements, District Attorney Ted Bell has finally called the Travis Toms case for trial. Bell and Defense Attorney Daniel Talbert will be picking a jury today.

In March 2017, following a six-week investigation into a student-sexting case,  charges were brought against 3 individuals by District Attorney Ted Bell. Travis Toms (44)  was charged with second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, while his wife Rebecca Toms (33)  was charged with common law obstruction of justice. The couple and the 16-year-old son are said to have circulated X-rated pictures of two girls, ages 16 and 17. The 16-year-old son has also been charged with second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

The cases will be tried separately.

Defense attorney Daniel Talbert asked for a continuance in Superior Court January 10, 2018  for the trials of the Toms family. Judge Tommy Davis granted the motion.

District attorney Ted Bell rescheduled the cases for an administrative setting on Feb. 21, 2018.

Travis Toms and Rebecca Toms, previously suspended, resigned from Rutherford County Schools effective Friday, March 24, 2017.

The case was rescheduled for court in October 2018 after another continuance in August, 2018 that further delayed the case.  District Attorney Ted Bell posted on his Facebook page for one case:

Nathan Toms – second degree exploitation of a minor – continued for additional documents and discovery submitted to the DA’s office several days before trial;

The District Attorney had offered a plea deal early on with active time to the defendant Travis Toms and more lenient pleas to the other two defendants. Despite the delays in the case, the Toms on numerous occasions have made it clear that they wanted to take the case to trial.

The first case is being heard during this Superior Court trial term. The District Attorney is in charge of calling cases for trial.