Judge will decide if charges against Music Festival teacher should stand
An Aspen Music Festival and School piano teacher accused of attempting to sexually assault a student was granted a preliminary hearing in Pitkin County District Court on Monday.William John Nauman, 42, is charged with criminal attempt to commit sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, for attempting to provide alcohol to a juvenile. His accuser, a 17-year-old student who attended the music school this summer, told police in August that Nauman had touched him inappropriately while he was staying with his teacher in Aspen.Nauman’s attorneys, John VanNess and Lauren Wolpin, asked Judge James Boyd to set a preliminary hearing so Boyd can determine if there is enough evidence against their client to charge him with the crimes. Both charges against Nauman are felonies.The preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 5, at 3 p.m. Nauman is a concert pianist and instructor who received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Julliard School. He has appeared with major orchestras from Boston to London, and has been an independent contractor with the Aspen Music Festival and School for the last seven summers.After Nauman’s arrest, AMFS president and CEO Don Roth said the school was “very concerned” about the allegations, and was cooperating with the police investigation.Also on Monday, Nauman was granted permission to continue to be out of the state (he has been living with his parents in Baltimore), so long as he returns to Colorado for all court appearances.Nauman is not allowed to speak to anyone about his case except his attorneys or to seek counseling. He is also not to have contact with any person under the age of 18, the alleged victim or the alleged victim’s family.Also in Pitkin County District Court, a man who was sentenced to jail for second-degree assault on a police officer will not appeal his case, his attorney told the judge on Monday.Aspen resident Thomas Frampton was convicted by a jury in April of assault and received the mandatory minimum sentence of 15 months in the Department of Corrections. But his attorney, John VanNess, told the court Monday that his client was prepared to go to prison without appealing the case.The incident happened last July when police were called to Frampton’s home on a report that he was drunk and threatening to kill family members. Officers said that when they arrived at the apartment, Frampton was wielding a barbecue fork and then resisted arrest. A police officer suffered minor injuries when Frampton, who was eventually subdued with a taser gun, slammed a door on him.Frampton was also sentenced to 60 days in jail for misdemeanor counts of harassment, resisting arrest and reckless endangerment; his sentence on these charges will be served concurrently with the felony sentence.In other court action Monday, the local teenager charged with vehicular homicide in the death of his friend in June made his first appearance in juvenile court.Dustin Hite, 17, was accompanied by his parents and attorney Katharine Sullivan. Sullivan, who would not comment on the case, asked Judge James Boyd to continue the case to give her more time to obtain information about the incident from the district attorney.Hite also waived his right to an advisement about the charge. His next court appearance is set for Nov. 1.Hite lost control of his 1991 Mercedes a mile east of Aspen on Highway 82. Alex Terral, 17, was riding in the front seat and was ejected when the car rolled. He was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction and died four days later. Hite and another passenger, Max Bardell, were not seriously injured.Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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