APma 05/28 1444 MA--Pornography Charge WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- A high school teacher on
APma 05/28 1444 MA--Pornography Charge
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- A high school teacher on leave from
his duties has pleaded guilty to charges of taking nude
photographs of young girls.
Harold L. Hartman, 40, of Auburn pleaded guilty Tuesday in
Worcester Superior Court to 10 counts of posing or exhibiting a
child in a state of nudity. Judge Robert V. Mulkern scheduled
sentencing for Friday.
Hartman is on leave from math and science teaching at
Shrewsbury High School to work on an educational traning project
for Digital Equipment Corp.
He was accused of taking the photographs of 10 girls between
the ages of 4 and 17 using a two-way mirror and a hidden camera,
according to a report read by Assistant District Attorney John P.
Haran at a hearing Tuesday.
The offenses took place between June 1981 and October 1986,
according to the indictment.
Haran said Hartman told parents to bring the girls to his
studio for modeling pictures or photographs for a gymnastic book
he said he was assembling.
While the girls changed clothes in a dressing room, Hartman
photographed them through the mirror, Haran said. He said
Hartman also told the girls to practice poses in the nude in the
dressing room and he photographed them while they were posing.
Haran said three of the girls became suspicious "because they
thought they heard the clicking of a camera."
State and Auburn police raided Hartman's house on Oct. 26,
1986, and seized photographs of the girls.
Four of the girls testified at the sentencing hearing. "I
thought he was my friend, but he was not really my friend," one
said. "This will affect me for a long time, not just now."
Dr. Martin L. Fisch, a psychologist from Mountain Lakes,
N.J., said he treated Hartman while the defendant visited his
parents, who live in New Jersey. The psychologist said he
believed Hartman would not survive in jail and he urged that the
defendant be allowed to serve some sort of community service as a
Hartman's lawyer, Conrad W. Fisher, said a local psychologist
and several teachers will testify on Hartman's behalf at Friday's
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