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Published January 31, 2014, 03:29 PM

Wahpeton man pleads not guilty Friday in North Dakota's first prosecuted sextortion case

A Wahpeton man pleads not guilty today in North Dakota's first prosecuted "sextortion" case. Dustin Coleman is accused of threatening underage girls into doing sexual acts.

A Wahpeton man pleads not guilty today in North Dakota's first prosecuted "sextortion" case. Dustin Coleman is accused of threatening underage girls into doing sexual acts.

2 U.S. Marshals escorted 21-year-old Coleman into downtown Fargo's US courthouse Friday morning to face 8 counts, after being accused of intimidating young girls into performing sexual acts in front of a camera, with the intent of producing those images.

Coleman is charged with 3 counts of sexual exploitation of minors, 2 counts of extortion, and 3 more counts of possession of materials containing child pornography. 1 of those possession charges involves a prepubescent minor, or a minor under 12 years old.

Before his not guilty plea, Magistrate Karen Klein asked him a series of questions to test his mental ability to understand the charges.

Coleman's public defender said he does understand the nature of the alleged crimes.

Each exploitation charge alone carries a max of 30 years in prison, But Coleman may face a steeper penalty if convicted, because he already has a previous sexual ______ charge. A trial date is set for April 8th.

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