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Trial scheduled for Morris Area High School principal

Craig Peterson

MORRIS – Morris Area High School Principal Craig Peterson appeared in Stevens County District Court on Wednesday for a pre-trial hearing that was closed to the public.

After the hearing in Judge Gerald Seibel’s chambers, Stevens County Attorney Aaron Jordon said he could not comment on the content of the hearing because it is a pending case.

Peterson, 36, has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree after allegedly assaulting an acquaintance at his home in Morris in December 2013.

A trial has been scheduled for the week of Aug. 11, 2014. Jordan indicated the trial is scheduled to take a week to complete.  

Peterson has been on paid administrative leave from his position at Morris Area High School since Dec. 23, 2013. MAHS Activities Director Mark Ekren is serving as dean of students and Superintendent Scott Monson is serving as interim high school principal.

Peterson is being represented by attorney Robert Dalager. The lead attorney for the prosecution is Grant County Attorney Justin Anderson. Jordan is serving as second chair on the case.