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Published May 25, 2010, 11:15 AM

Man charged in aiding suicides told: Stay off Net

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) - A former Minnesota nurse accused of going online and encouraging depressed people to kill themselves has been ordered to stay off the Internet while his criminal case is pending.

By: AMY FORLITI, Associated Press

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) - A former Minnesota nurse accused of going online and encouraging depressed people to kill themselves has been ordered to stay off the Internet while his criminal case is pending.

William Melchert-Dinkel made his first court appearance Tuesday in Rice County. The 47-year-old from Faribault (FAIR'-ih-boh) is charged in two deaths - a woman from Canada and a man from Britain.

Melchert-Dinkel works as a long-haul trucker since being stripped of his nursing license. Judge Bernard Borene forbid him from leaving the state except for work, and required him to sign a waiver of extradition in case he flees.

Melchert-Dinkel didn't speak in court except to say he understood the charges. His next court date is June 29.

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