Ex-officer accused of sexual assault seeks to limit evidence
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — A former Beulah police officer accused of sexual contact with a teenage girl wants evidence thrown out from an interview with state Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents.
Thirty-six-year-old Dustin Pekas is scheduled for trial on Jan. 4 on a charge of felony sexual assault. He was fired from the police force in mid-September.
The Bismarck Tribune reports that Pekas testified during a motion hearing Monday that he thought he would have been fired if didn’t cooperate with BCI agents. The state countered that Pekas was told he didn’t have to talk to investigators and Pekas said he understood his rights.
Special prosecutor Ladd Erickson agreed to toss evidence from a phone call Pekas made to his wife from jail and statements after he asked for an attorney.
Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com