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Steve Sortland, Halstad Mayor

Prosecutor drops rape charge against Halstad mayor

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By Archie I(ngersoll / The Forum

ALSTAD, Minn. – Sexual assault charges against the mayor here have been dropped after the alleged victim’s credibility was called into question.

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In May, Mayor Steve Sortland was accused of raping a female acquaintance, and he was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Norman County Attorney James Brue dismissed those charges Friday, citing insufficient evidence for a conviction.

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