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      Voice teacher accused of using position to take advantage of students will go to trial

      Jayme Kratky, 33, is accused of sexually assaulting a student and having inappropriate conduct with several others

      A Grand Traverse County voice teacher will go to trial after a judge ruled that while he was not a contracted teacher, he still could have used his position to take advantage of students.

      Jayme Kratky, 33, is accused of sexually assaulting a student and having inappropriate conduct with several others. He used public school buildings to teach private voice lessons but was not an employee of Traverse City Area Public Schools.

      Kratky's lawyer claimed he couldn't have used his position as a teacher to take advantage of the students because he wasn't a contracted teacher, but the judge decided the law still applied.

      Kratky was a voice instructor who taught our of Traverse City West as well as out of his home.

      According to the Traverse City Police Department, six girls told the principal that they had been getting inappropriate text messages from Kratky. One girl also said she had been sexually assaulted last summer.

      School officials contacted the school resource officer who went to police.

      "We asked (the girls) if anything occurred on school property," said Chris David, TCAPS Human Resources Executive Director. "They said no. The person wasn't a school employee, but they were our students so we took it very seriously."

      The case has now been bound over to circuit court and will go to trial.

      The next court date has not yet been set.