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Published December 24, 2013, 03:21 PM

Criminal sexual conduct charges against Minnesota mayor dropped

44-year-old Steve Sortland had been facing criminal sexual conduct charges, after a female acquaintance accused him of raping her in May.

By: WDAZ Staff Reports, WDAZ

Prosecutors have dropped rape charges against the mayor of Halstad, Minnesota.

44-year-old Steve Sortland had been facing criminal sexual conduct charges, after a female acquaintance accused him of raping her in May.

The Norman County attorney says the charges were dropped because there was not enough evidence for a conviction. While the case was pending, Sortland too a leave of absence from his job as mayor, but now plans to return to his post.

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