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April trial set for ex-teacher accused of sex with teen

 GRAFTON — Justin Kiefer, a former fifth-grade teacher in Park River, has pleaded not guilty to felony charges alleging he had sex with a 16-year-old girl in November in the Walsh County town.

State District Judge Richard Geiger on Friday set Kiefer’s pretrial hearing for March 18, with his jury trial slated to start April 2.

Kiefer, released last fall on $25,000 bond, is living in his home state of South Dakota in Aberdeen, according to court officials. He appeared Friday at his arraignment in state district court in Grafton, represented by local attorney Todd Burianek.

Kiefer, 25, was charged in November with two counts of corruption or solicitation of a minor, alleging he had sexual intercourse with a girl who was a Park River High School student twice that month in Park River. Each count is a Class C felony with a maximum prison sentence of five years.

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