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Not guilty plea entered in Cedar County assault case

June 11, 2018

HARTINGTON — A 34-year-old Randolph man accused of numerous sexual assault crimes against children has entered a not guilty plea in his latest case brought before the Cedar County District Court here.

Clinton Pollard appeared before Judge Paul Vaughn on Monday morning for arraignment of one count of first-degree sexual assault of a child. The alleged victim is a boy who was 6 years old at the time of the alleged assault.

If convicted on the charge, Pollard faces a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison to a maximum sentence of life behind bars.

Pollard’s appointed attorney, Thomas Reynolds of Yankton, told Vaughn that he would like to pair his client’s case with the two others that are pending in district court.

Both of those cases also involve similar charges.

In one case, Pollard is charged with three counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child, tampering with a witness, procuring alcohol to a minor, three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and being a habitual criminal.

According to court documents, the alleged victim in that case is girl who was 15 years old at the time.

In the other case, Pollard is charged with three counts of manufacturing the visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct of a child, one count of first-degree sexual assault of a child and three counts of third-degree sexual assault of a child.

Court documents in that case show the alleged victim to be a girl who was 9 years old at the time.

Pollard remains incarcerated at the Cedar County Jail, and his next district court appearance is a pre-trial conference on Aug. 13.

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