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Sex charges dropped against Minnesota principal

MORRIS, Minn. – Criminal sexual conduct charges filed against the Morris Area High School principal were dismissed Tuesday.

Stevens County Attorney Aaron Jordan filed paperwork to drop the charges against Craig Peterson after evidence collected within the last month made it clear there is no longer sufficient evidence to proceed with the case.

Peterson was charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree in December. A woman accused him of having non-consensual sex with her at his home.

In a press release. Jordan praised the work of the Morris Police Department and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

“They as worked hard to find evidence that exonerates as they would to find evidence that would lead to conviction,” he said.

In a statement provided through his attorney, Peterson thanked members of the community for their support.

“As an educator who this community placed in a position of trust over its children, I hope the dismissal of these charges reaffirms that trust in me as an educator and a school principal,” he said.

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