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Sex charges against GF man dropped because victim 'too traumatized' for trial

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GRAND FORKS - Days before the trial was to begin, a Grand Forks prosecutor on Monday dropped charges against a man accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl, saying “she was too traumatized” to testify.

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But Justin Breitweiser, an assistant state’s attorney for Grand Forks County, said he has four more years to re-file the same felony charges against Norman Kuehnel, which could put Kuehnel in prison for life.

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