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Published December 09, 2013, 04:02 PM

Prosecutor: No charges against former Oakes, N.D., principal

OAKES, N.D. – Dickey County State’s Attorney Gary Neuharth has decided no criminal charges will be brought against Don Warren, who recently resigned his posts as Oakes High School principal and athletic director.

By: Dave Olson, Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service

OAKES, N.D. – Dickey County State’s Attorney Gary Neuharth has decided no criminal charges will be brought against Don Warren, who recently resigned his posts as Oakes High School principal and athletic director.

In a written statement, Neuharth said he considered filing a number of charges against Warren, including criminal trespass, simple assault and disorderly conduct.

Neuharth said he arrived at his decision after reviewing Oakes Police Department incident reports and consulting with Oakes Police Chief Marke Roberts and patrol officer Justin Prochnow.

Neuharth’s written statement doesn’t explain precisely why charges will not be filed, but Neuharth cited state law pertaining to the responsibilities of a prosecutor and he made reference to American Bar Association standards regarding how prosecutors should decide whether to initiate or continue investigations.

Warren resigned Nov. 27, after an internal investigation began into incidents involving a student.

A memo Superintendent Josh Johnson sent to Warren refers to three incidents, including two occasions when Warrant entered the home of a student without permission after the student did not show up for class.

In a third incident, Warren was in a classroom when he threatened to drop (the student) “like a bad habit” after a teacher asked Warrant for help with unruly students.

In the later incident, Warren also threatened to rip the student’s head off “and spit down the hole,” according to the memo Johnson sent to Warren.

A message left for Warren Monday has not been returned.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555

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