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STANTON, N.D. (AP) — A former Beulah police officer who investigators say admitted to sexual contact with a teenager has lost his request to have his statements thrown out in his upcoming trial.

Former officer Dustin Pekas argued his comments to North Datoka Bureau of Investigation agents in September are not admissible because he didn’t have an attorney. But South Central District Judge Bruce Romanick ruled last week that “the tenor of the interview was not a domineering situation.”

The Bismarck Tribune reports that Pekas is charged with felony sexual assault and is scheduled to go on trial Jan. 4 in Mercer County. The 36-year-old former officer had been with the department five years when he was fired after being charged.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune,