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Cass County administrator faces domestic assault charges

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MOORHEAD – Keith Berndt, the county administrator for Cass County, faces two charges of fifth-degree domestic assault in Clay County.

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Both charges, involving an alleged physical assault on a minor, are misdemeanors, according to documents filed at the Clay County courthouse and the Moorhead Police Department.

Berndt, 53, 2000 8th St. S., is charged with committing an act with intent to cause fear of immediate bodily harm or death, and intentionally inflicting or attempting to inflict bodily harm.

According to the police report, a Moorhead school resource police officer at Horizon Middle School was contacted about 11:07 a.m. on Feb. 4 by a person who is required to report any alleged physical assault on a minor.

A police officer was then assigned to investigate the case.

The citation says the offenses took place at the Berndt residence about 9:30 p.m. Feb. 2.

Police Lt. Tory Jacobson said the investigation is open and follow-up interviews and reports are still being taken.

Berndt was not arrested or taken into custody during the investigation.

A court date has been set for 8:30 a.m. March 25 in Clay County District Court.

Berndt was on the job on Wednesday, a Cass County human resources staff member says.

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