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Accused pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges

A Granum man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of sexual assault and sexual interference with a minor.
Defence lawyer Patrick Lannan appeared Wednesday in Fort Macleod provincial court on behalf of the accused, who cannot be named due to a court-ordered publication ban.
The accused faces three charges of sexual assault along with single counts of sexual interference with a minor, assault, break and enter with intent, mischief and failing to comply with court-ordered conditions.
Lannan entered pleas of not guilty to all the charges.
“I’m prepared to find a trial date today,” Lannan told Judge Jerry LeGrandeur.
Crown prosecutor Clayton Giles said the trial is likely to take a full day.
Judge LeGrandeur adjourned the case to Wednesday, Aug. 17 to allow time for the Crown and defence lawyers to arrange a full day with the trial co-ordinator.
The accused was released July 13 from custody on the condition he lives with an aunt and uncle in another community.
The accused is required to be in the residence of either his parents or his aunt and uncle from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily.
The man was also ordered to have no contact with the three victims, or with girls under the age of 16 years.

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