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Karate teacher to return to court for round two of legal battle

One trial has ended in his favor but another awaits. Potter County prosecutors will bring a local karate teacher back to the courthouse for round two of a legal fight over indecency with a child.

Nelson Harvey's not guilty verdict disappointed Potter County prosecutors today, who expected a different outcome. "You get worried about the things you can control and you can't worry about the things you can't.  And I can't control the jury verdict," says Potter County District Attorney Randall Sims.

But sims will have another shot at Harvey, who faces a separate charge of indecency with another child. Harvey's defense lawyer says he expects the second trial to go the same way as the first. But even if it does, harvey has already lost his karate business, and the defense says his career is ruined.

"Where do you go to get your good name back? That's the question and you can't do it," laments Harvey's lawyer Paul Herrmann. "When accusations like this are made, no matter what the outcome of the trial is, the person suffers for the rest of their life, the accused."

Sims tells us cases like this where a child is the primary witness are hard to prosecute, and he expects the second case to be just as tough. The defense says Harvey ran a karate after school program for dozens of kids.

He did not have a child care license but his lawyer says he didn't need one. The program closed down last year.

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