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Morin pleads not guilty to luring minors, obscenity charges

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Jesse Lee Morin

A Medora man pleaded not guilty to charges of luring minors by computer, a Class B felony, and promoting obscenity to minors, a Class C felony.

Jesse L. Morin, 47, appeared before Judge Dann Greenwood in Stark County District Court Monday for a preliminary hearing.

Morin was charged with the offenses in July when allegedly he communicated with a person he believed to be under the age of 15 and "suggested or requested that the under 14-year-old recipient engage in sexual acts and/or sexual contact with him," according to the criminal complaint.

On the promoting obscenity charge, the complaint alleges that Morin promoted to a minor any material or performance which is harmful to minors, or admitted a minor to premises where a performance harmful to minors is exhibited or takes place.

Specifically, Morin "sent a picture of an erect penis to an individual whom he believed to be a 14-year-old female," the complaint reported.

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In North Dakota, a Class B felony carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and a $20,000 fine. A Class C felony carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

Bond was set in July at $50,000, with 10 percent cash surety.

Greenwood warned Morin that he must stay in compliance with all of the conditions of his release, or risk arrest and having his bond amended.

A pretrial conference has been scheduled for Jan. 21, and felony jury trial has been scheduled for Feb. 5, 2020.

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