District court hears felony cases
Northeast District Judge John C. McClintock Jr. heard four cases involving felony charges on Tuesday at the Pierce County Courthouse.
Jeremiah Bierman, 19, of Towner, appeared for a preliminary hearing on three counts of gross sexual imposition, a Class A felony. Bierman is accused of engaging in a sexual act with a minor in Rugby between July and September 2013. Special Agent Craig Zachmeier, Bureau of Criminal Investigation, testified that Bierman acknowledged knowing the age of the minor, who has special needs.
McClintock stated that the court found probable cause on the three counts and a date for the pretrial conference is to be scheduled for about two months from Tuesday.
Bierman is also facing charges in McHenry County, including gross sexual imposition, luring minors by computer and possession of certain prohibited materials. Class A felony convictions carry a maximum sentence of 20 years, a $10,000 fine or both.
Natasha Aiken, 32, of Rugby, made an initial appearance on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class C felony. The allegation stems from a Jan. 19 traffic stop in Rugby, where she was also charged with driving while license privilege is suspended and ingesting a controlled substance (marijuana) – both misdemeanors. Broken pills and tools for ingesting drugs other than marijuana were found, according to a police report. Class C felony convictions carry a maximum sentence of five years, a $5,000 fine or both.
Joseph B. Reynolds Jr., formerly of Rugby, made an initial appearance on charges including criminal trespass, a Class C felony. Reynolds, 55, allegedly committed simple assault in a Jan. 7 incident in Rugby. The assault, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct charges he faces are misdemeanors.
Brett Ganje, 21, of Rugby, made an initial appearance on the charge of failing to register as a sexual offender, a Class C felony. Ganje, who was arrested on Feb. 2, is accused of moving without notifying law enforcement of his new address.
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