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Published June 12, 2013, 06:57 PM

Halstad mayor pleads not guilty to alleged rape

Halstad's mayor charged with rape has pleaded not guilty in Norman County. Steve Sortland appeared in court Wednesday after being charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct -- charges he denies.

By: WDAZ Staff Reports, WDAZ

Halstad's mayor charged with rape has pleaded not guilty in Norman County. Steve Sortland appeared in court Wednesday after being charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct -- charges he denies.

We also learned a restraining order against the victim in this case was just ordered this morning, protecting Sortland's three children. In the order, Sortland says the victim made inappropriate contact with his children, as well as damaged his property and stole from his home. Sortland is currently taking a leave of absence from his post. His next court date is set for July 24th.

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