TRAVERSE CITY — No testimony was heard in the state's case against a former Kingsley Area Schools teacher and principal Thursday.
Three accusers against Karl A. Hartman arrived at the 86th District Court where Grand Traverse County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Kyle Attwood and Shawn Worden, Hartman's lawyer, agreed to forego the preliminary examination and instead allowed Judge Bob Cooney to bind the case over to the 13th Circuit for a possible trial.
The accusers against Hartman, 54, were also expected to testify Feb. 13, but that was delayed because of an ongoing Grand Traverse County sheriff's investigation into other possible charges against Hartman.
That investigation led to a sixth charge, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, which was filed Tuesday. The charge stems from an alleged incident from 30 years ago when Hartman was a first-grade teacher at Kingsley Elementary. Prosecutors filed five charges, including two felony counts of second-degree CSC, one felony count of accosting a child for immoral purposes and two misdemeanor counts of furnishing alcohol to minors, after Hartman was arrested Jan. 22.
Hartman pleaded not guilty to all of the previous charges, and Worden entered a not guilty plea for Hartman and waived the arraignment of the first-degree charge. That arraignment will occur at the 13th Circuit.
In light of the new charge, Cooney set Hartman's bond at $100,000 and gave him 24 hours leave to come up with the money.
A pre-trial conference is set for March 21. Attwood said he expects a jury trial to take place in a couple of months.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated to correct the number of accusers.