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July 3, 2013

Harts’ trial for human trafficking is delayed yet again

Couple is charged with selling daughters


Somerset —

The Richmond Register, a sister paper to the Commonwealth Journal, reported that in recent interviews with the children, who have been in foster care, the detective who investigated the case allegedly uncovered evidence of sex crimes that occurred when the girls were with the adult men. 
That led to the additional charges. 
The Richmond Register reports that issues about testimony to possibly be permitted at the Harts’ trial have not yet been settled, leading to the delay. 
A trial has been set for Oct. 14, 2013, according to the Richmond Register. 
Anthony Hart remains in the Madison County Detention Center, while Kathy Hart has been released on bond. 
The case that is now making its way through the Madison County court system isn’t the first in which the Harts have found themselves in trouble with the law over matters concerning their children. 
In November 2002, Anthony and Kathy Hart, who were living on Chappell Way in Somerset at the time, were arrested for trying to collect $3,000 for themselves as part of an ongoing adoption involving the Harts’ three-month-old baby girl. According to earlier reports, the adoption itself was being carried out legally, but Kathy Hart contacted the adoptive family in the midst of the process to collect what she felt she was entitled to after carrying the baby for nine months.
While the Harts were incarcerated awaiting trial for that incident, their two older children, ages four and six at the time — the same girls involved in the most recent case — were turned over to the care of a relative.
Anthony Hart received a two-year prison sentence when he pleaded guilty in 2005 to his part in the adoption scheme. Kathy Hart escaped additional jail time because she was found mentally incompetent to stand trial.

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