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Jury trial set for Brent Castleman on child abuse charges

A jury trial for Brent Allen Castleman, 52, on six Class C felony child abuse charges has been scheduled for Sept. 28 in Minot before Northeast District Court Judge Michael Hurly. In a separate case, Hurly is also assigned to hear a Class A misdemeanor stalking charge and three Class A misdemeanor disobedience of a judicial order charges against Castleman.

Castleman is alleged to have stalked a woman and to have physically or emotionally abused four children and to have assaulted their mother in front of them.

Hurly also issued orders this week denying Castleman a hearing on his demand for a change of judge and refusing to dismiss the charges against Castleman.

Hurly had revoked Castleman’s $50,000 bond earlier this month in the cases assigned to Hurly after Castleman was arrested and charged with trespassing at the Ground Round and Clarion Hotel in Minot, then resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.

Castleman is charged with Class B felony aggravated assault, Class C felony criminal trespass, and Class C felony resisting arrest for the Feb. 28 incident. A judge set an additional $50,000 bond for Castleman in that case. The case was later assigned to Northwest District Court Judge Kirsten Sjue, who has scheduled a jury trial for June 22 in Minot.

Other judges in the North Central District Court have recused themselves from hearing cases against Castleman because they had heard other cases involving him. The North Dakota Supreme Court assigned judges from outside the district to hear cases against Castleman.

North Central District Court Judge Doug Mattson is still hearing one of the Class A misdemeanor stalking charges against Castleman. Mattson scheduled a jury trial in that case for July 1.

Castleman is currently in custody at the Ward County Jail.

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