Judge to decide where to hold trial for former Sawyer superintendent
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A district judge is weighing whether to move the sex crime trial of Sawyer's former superintendent and high school principal.
Charles Soper is accused of sexually abusing three teenage boys, and faces a total of eight charges including human trafficking, gross sexual imposition and child pornography. He resigned from the school after his arrest last May.
Soper has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. He could face life in prison without parole if convicted of the more serious allegations.
Soper is a Devils Lake native and University of North Dakota graduate. He has worked in schools in Walhalla, Fort Totten, Beach and in Colorado.
Defense attorney Eric Baumann says Soper's trial should be moved out of the region because media coverage has tainted the jury pool. Prosecutor Kelly Dillon says that's not necessarily the case. Judge Doug Mattson will rule later.