CLIFTON PARK: Shen teacher to stand trial

After being read his rights, Culver entered his plea in a firm voice.

Jensen asked that Culver's bail be ratcheted up to $100,000 from the original $50,000 posted by Culver's father on Feb. 13.

In light of the nature of the charges, the fact that he is no longer employed, and I believe the Department of Education has filed charges to remove his license, I request bail be increased, said Jensen. "I have no idea what he does with his time or might do; I feel there's a risk of flight."

"Culver has been routinely present in the courtroom; he was here bright and early and ready to go," argued Kindlon. "Chestertown is a short distance from here, and his father is with him for every appearance. He is quite eager to deal with the charges."

Robert Culver, who bears a striking resemblance to his son's appearance and demeanor, signed an agreement guaranteeing Christopher will show up for future court appearances.

Jensen requested Scarano set a date for the trial to commence, a request Scarano denied.

"There will likely be a lengthy discovery process, and it's too early to set a date, but I do intend to get through this case as expeditiously as we can," said Scarano.

Jensen, along with victim advocates from the county DA's office, met quietly with the mothers and fathers of the alleged victims following the courtroom proceedings.

"I knew it was a long shot to request the higher bail, but I had to try," said Jensen.

Attorneys now have 30 days to make discovery demands and 45 days for pre-trial motions. No dates have been set for Culver's next appearance in court.""

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