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Dan Pruett going to trial: Infant sexual abuse case set to fall on a Saturday

Dan Pruett

Dan Pruett, the Arizona man charged with sexual and physical abuse of an infant, will go to trial Sept. 24.

The fourth day of the five-day trial falls on a Saturday, which lawyers brought up with Southwest District Judge William Herauf at the pretrial conference Tuesday.

But Herauf said the court struggles to find five-day blocks of time for these longer trials, and so they may just have to keep it on the Saturday.

Pruett faces a Class AA felony charge of gross sexual imposition and a Class B felony charge of aggravated assault for his alleged actions early the morning of Nov. 21. Ambulance responders, responding to an infant-in-distress call, found the baby unconscious on an ottoman in a west Dickinson residence, Dickinson Police Detective Terry Oestreich testified at the March preliminary hearing. The 5-month-old girl had no pulse and had a low body temperature. She had bruises and was bleeding vaginally.

The baby survived the incident.

One ambulance responder later told Oestreich, “If you’re asking me if this baby was sexually assaulted, the answer is yes,” Oestreich testified.

The state had proposed a plea deal but Pruett’s defense attorney, Kent Morrow, said Tuesday that Pruett didn’t accept it.

Lymn is a reporter for The Dickinson Press. Contact her at 701-456-1211.