(From July 28, 2013)
After a five-minute hearing this morning in Springfield, a federal public defender was appointed for Gastel, 39, and the next hearing in the case was scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, August 1, in Springfield.
Gastel had resigned his position in the Joplin R-8 School District at the end of the 2012-2013 school year and had reportedly taken a job at another school district. Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education records indicate Gastel has passed a PRAXIS test last month which would have enabled him to have taught high school social studies.
The affidavit detailing Gastel's alleged crimes can be found at this link.