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Shen teacher's statements valid, judge says

Initial charges of six counts of unlawful sexual contact with children came in February, but the Saratoga County District Attorney's Office has been carrying on an ongoing investigation into additional charges against Culver.

The eight counts are misdemeanors, carrying little jail time, but the class D felonies come with maximum penalties of seven years each. State laws, however, place a cap on the cumulative time Culver could serve, if convicted, at just 20 years total.

Parents of several of Culver's alleged victims filed civil suits against Culver at the Saratoga County Clerk's Office in Ballston Spa. The families are seeking compensatory and punitive damages on behalf of their young sons, and refer to actions alleged during the time period of Sept. 6, 2005 through Feb. 9, 2007.

The seven-page written complaints stated that Culver's alleged actions intentionally placed the boys in harm's way, and caused the children severe emotional distress and injury due to events they state occurred at the school when Culver "sexually molested, abused, assaulted, battered and sexually inappropriately touched" the boys. In doing so, the legal papers state, Culver "engaged in intentional and reckless conduct so shocking and outrageous that it exceeds all reasonable bounds of decency."

No monetary amount was specified in the legal papers, but the legal papers stated the families are seeking damages in excess of what lower courts could order. The civil case will not be part of the upcoming criminal trial.

Meanwhile, Culver's residence has changed from Colina Lane, where he lived with his wife, to Chestertown, where he now resides with his father, Robert Culver. Culver's father posted $50,000 bail for his son's release on Feb. 13.

Culver was ordered by the courts not to change his address again without the court's permission. No dates have been set for Culver's next appearance in court on the criminal charges.

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