OSCEOLA COUNTY — Former Evart High School principal Alan Kullman, convicted and sentenced to serve seven to 50 years in prison on Nov. 16, after pleading guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct, has filed a request for appeal and awaits the appointment of a court appointed appellate attorney and a schedule for hearings by the appellate court.

Kullman was arrested in June and charged with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a 14-year-old female student. That same month he resigned from his position at Evart High School.

Kullman was convicted and sentenced after reaching a plea agreement with the Osceola County Prosecutor’s Office that effectively reduced his charges to one count of first degree criminal sexual conduct.

On the form filed with the Osceola County 49th Circuit Court clerk on Monday, Kullman declared, “I request appointment of an attorney to appeal my conviction.”

Following his sentencing, family members of the convicted principal were very public with their criticism of the process and called Judge Ron Nichols “biased.”

It is not known on what claim or condition Kullman will base his appeal plea. According to Circuit Court officials, there is at this stage no need for Kullman to offer a specific reason for his appeal.

Kullman also filed an “affidavit of indigency” requesting a court appointed attorney.