Judge says former Beulah police officer's comments admissible in sex assault trial

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BEULAH, N.D. - A former police officer from Beulah, who admitted to having sexual contact with a teenager, will not have his statements thrown out in his upcoming trial.

The Associated Press says Dustin Pekas believes his previous comments to the North Dakota Bureau of Investigation are not admissible because he didn't have an attorney.

But, South Central District Judge Bruce Romanick disagrees. He ruled last week that, "the tenor of the interview was not a domineering situation."

Pekas has been charged with felony sexual assault and is scheduled to go on trial Jan. 4 in Mercer County.