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Published May 11, 2011, 04:11 PM

Judge's Order Affects Meeting on Petersburg, ND, Sex Offender McClary

A judge's order changed the focus of a community meeting in Petersburg, where a man is charged with five counts of sexually abusing girls.

By: Associated Press,

PETERSBURG, N.D. (AP) — A judge's order changed the focus of a community meeting in Petersburg, where a man is charged with five counts of sexually abusing girls.

Nelson County Sheriff Kelly Janke said citizen concerns prompted him to call the meeting Tuesday night. The Grand Forks Herald reports that Judge Karen Braaten Tuesday afternoon ordered Janke to not talk about the case of Michael McClary.

Braaten's order came at the request of public defender Dan Borgen, who worried that public statements from Janke would taint a jury pool.

Janke told the Herald after the order that he planned to speak generally about sex offender registration.

McClary was convicted of sexual assault in 1997 in Canada and deported to the U.S. in 2001. He never registered as a sex offender in North Dakota.

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