Trial date of former Guilford professor set for November 11

On Sept. 6, former Associate Professor of Mathematics Jonathan Hatch was scheduled for a probable cause hearing stemming from the seven felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of felony secret peeping charges he faces.

Investigators allege Hatch used a pen-like recording device to record footage under the skirt of a female student, according to the News & Record.

Following the allegations, investigators say they found several pictures of minors in sexually suggestive positions on Hatches computer.

Hatch did not appear at the Sept. 6 hearing. According to a spokesperson for Delaware County Community College in Pennsylvania, Hatch has been in Pennsylvania where he has applied to at least three colleges.

State prosecutors told The Guilfordian that Hatch’s attorney arranged for a continuance.

Prosecutors said that the case was headed to the grand jury for a possible indictment and would be continued until Nov. 11, which is Hatch’s next scheduled court date.

Assistant District Attorney Howard Newman told The Guilfordian that Hatch’s case would be carefully reviewed before evidence was presented to the grand jury.

“We make sure that we have all the evidence before we present a case to the grand jury,” Newman said. “Hatch’s case has been moved from the District Court that usually handles misdemeanors to the Superior Court, which handles felony cases and prosecution.”

Hatch’s case has been assigned to felony prosecutor Stephanie Reese of the Guilford County District Attorney’s office and is tentatively scheduled for a review on Nov. 11, pending the grand jury’s decision to indict.