Wednesday, former Vigo County Schools Superintendent Danny Tanoos walked out of the court hand-in-hand with his wife after he learned charges will not be dismissed against him.
Back in October, Tanoos and his defense team requested the three bribery charges be dropped.
During a hearing Wednedsay, a Marion County judge denied the request.
Tanoos is accused of improperly awarding school work contracts in exchange for perks.
In its motion to dismiss, the defense argued that Marion County did not have jurisdiction. However, the court ruled that because the alleged bribery occurred between Tanoos and an employee of ESG working out of an Indianapolis office, Marion County would be “an appropriate venue in this matter“ and denied the motion.
Arguments from the defense that the case should be dismissed because the “charging information does not state facts that constitute a criminal offense“ were also denied.
The judge did grant Tanoos permission to travel outside the state without having to notify the courts, as long as he stays in contact with his lawyers.
The next court date set in the matter is scheduled for 9 a.m. April 24. The defense has a week to file an appeal in the decision.
Tanoos and his family told reporters at the courthouse that they will continue to fight the charges.
“I would just indicate that it will be our intent to take an interlocutory appeal on this matter, which we have to file with the trial court, and then we have to subsequently file, if she agrees to let us do that, with the Indiana Court of Appeals, and we intent to do that,” defense attorney Jim Voyles said.