Grand jury to hear Hallman evidence

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 9, 2008

DEMOPOLIS &8212; The district attorney&8217;s office will present a grand jury with evidence this week in the statutory rape case of former Demopolis High School teacher Nathan Wesley Hallman.

Hallman, 24, was arrested March 19 and charged with second-degree rape and enticing a child for immoral purposes.

In a previous interview, Public Safety Director Jeff Manuel said Hallman was arrested and transported to the Marengo County Detention Center. Jail records show Hallman posted bond &8212; $5,000 for each charge &8212; and was released the same day he was booked.

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The grand jury meets through Wednesday afternoon, and can indict, return a &8220;no-bill&8221; &8212; meaning no indictment &8212; or ask for more evidence. The district attorney&8217;s office will announce the results of the grand jury session, which is conducted in private.

Hallman was an assistant coach for both the baseball and football teams. He tried to resign his position following his arrest. However, neither Superintendent Dr. L. Wayne Vickers nor Demopolis High School principal Dr. Isaac Espy accepted the resignation, referring the matter to the school board.

The Demopolis City Schools board of education also opted to ignore the letter. Instead, termination proceedings began. The difference? Once Hallman was terminated, the state is now able to review Hallman&8217;s case, and has the ability to invalidate his teaching certificate.

The termination proceedings were part of a formal process that school boards are required to follow when terminating an employee.

Alabama law states an employee up for termination is offered a hearing, which may be public or private, whichever the employee chooses. Following the hearing, the school board votes whether to terminate the employee. After that, the employee has 15 days to appeal the board&8217;s decision.

Hallman taught social studies at the high school. Retired teacher Gayle Flowers assumed Hallman&8217;s teaching duties through the remainder of the term.

The rape charge is a class B felony and is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The second charge is a class C felony, and is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.