An initial hearing for James C. Pittman was held Monday morning in Clay Superior Court. Pittman was charged with harassment on April 15, 2004.
The charge against Pittman stated that from November, 2003, to March 2004, he transmitted harassing or annoying telephone calls and computer e-mail messages to The Brazil Times. It further stated that Pittman did so with the intent to harass, annoy or alarm employees of The Brazil Times, but with no intent of legitimate communication.
Pittman, who lives in Kenosha, Wis., was present at the hearing. He entered a plea of not guilty through his attorney Joseph Etling.
Judge J. Blaine Akers ordered a pre-trial conference at 1:30 p.m. July 13. A court trial was set for 10 a.m. Aug. 4. Pittman was ordered to have no contact, directly or indirectly, with the alleged victims.
The harassment charge is a B Misdemeanor punishable by 0-180 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.