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Man enters not guilty plea in Pope County kidnapping case

Dennis Wayne Aasen

GLENWOOD -- Dennis Wayne Aasen, 39, of Moundsview, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to eight felony charges stemming from the alleged burglary of a rural Clontarf home and the abduction and assault of the woman who lived at the residence.

Aasen entered the plea in Pope County District Court to kidnapping, burglary, false imprisonment, domestic assault, assault and terroristic threats charges. His bail was set at $100,000 by District Judge Jon Stafsholt.

His next appearance in court is set for Aug. 1. He was ordered to have no contact with the woman or her residence.

Law enforcement officials across the state searched for Aasen after he abducted Jenna Lee Forslin, 30, from her home on May 17. Forlsin was found later that same day, along U.S. Highway 10 near Little Falls. Aasen was arrested without incident Tuesday evening by the Metro Fugitive Unit, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Fridley Police Department.

Forslin is the daughter of Cheryl Voorhees of Morris. A fund has been established to help cover expenses incurred by Forslin's abduction. Donations can be made to First Security Bank in Benson.