Brent Castleman, Minot, found guilty of child abuse

A jury found Brent Allen Castleman, 52, Minot, guilty of one count of Class B felony child abuse on Tuesday but he was acquitted of another child abuse charge.

Castleman went to trial on Monday on charges that he had physically and/or emotionally abused children. Other related child abuse or neglect charges were dismissed against him earlier this year.

Northeast District Court Judge Michael Hurly ordered Castleman taken into custody after the verdict came in on Tuesday evening and sentencing will be held at a later date. Hurly was appointed to hear the cases against Castleman after all of the judges in the North Central Judicial District recused themselves.

Castleman is also facing charges of stalking and multiple counts of disobedience of a judicial order in two other cases that will be tried later and separately before Hurly

In another case, two additional charges were filed against him on Tuesday in district court in Minot, one of Class A misdemeanor violation of a disorderly conduct restraining order and one of Class A misdemeanor disobedience of a judicial order. According to court documents, Castleman made comments as he was being escorted out of the courtroom that violated no contact orders that are in effect. No judge has been assigned to hear that case as yet.

In yet another unrelated case, Castleman is scheduled to go to trial on March 9, 2021, before Northwest District Court Judge Kirsten Sjue on a charge that he assaulted a police officer while resisting arrest after he was stopped for allegedly trespassing at the Ground Round in Minot on Feb. 28.


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