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Dassel man pleads not guilty of first-degree criminal sexual conduct

LITCHFIELD -- A Dassel man accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

LITCHFIELD - A Dassel man accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Michael James Rarer also pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a felony second-degree drug charge stemming from the same incident. He is scheduled to appear for a pretrial June 22 and a jury trial July 1.
Rarer reportedly met the girl on a social networking website. He and his roommate, Kenneth Gerald Cope, 48, allegedly sexually assaulted the girl at their Dassel residence.
The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received report of the alleged incident in April and arrested both suspects following a search at their Dassel residence.
Law enforcement allegedly found 8 grams of methamphetamine in Rarer’s bedroom during the search.
Cope is also charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and faces a gross misdemeanor charge of providing alcohol to a minor for allegedly providing alcohol to the girl. He is scheduled for an omnibus hearing June 22.

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