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Man pleads not guilty to sex charges

A Claresholm man charged with multiple counts of sexual assault, sexual exploitation and sexual interference pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Fort Macleod provincial court.
The case was adjourned to Wednesday, Jan. 31 so a pre-trial conference can be held to set a date for the trial, which is expected to last two to three days.
Fort Macleod lawyer John Dziadyk appeared in court on behalf of the accused’s Calgary lawyer, James Lutz.
Judge Timothy Hironaka agreed to adjourn the case for three weeks to allow the lawyers to meet with the trial co-ordinator so a date can be set Jan. 31.
The man, who is not being named to protect the identities of his victims, was charged in November.
Claresholm RCMP began an investigation Nov. 15 after five people in their middle to late teens alleged numerous sexual assault incidents over a period of 11 months.
The Claresholm man is charged with 10 counts of sexual assault, eight counts of sexual exploitation and three counts of sexual interference.
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