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December 14, 2011

Prosecutors plan to dismiss charges against Giefer

Victim who claimed she was sexually assaulted changes story

— Citing a recent conversation he had with his key witness, Assistant Blue Earth County Attorney Mike Hanson confirmed that he is planning to dismiss felony sexual assault charges filed against Jeremy Giefer in November 2010.

"Based upon what we learned at that meeting, we don't have the evidence we need to move forward with trial," Hanson said.

The charges were filed against Giefer last year after the victim, who was child at the time, told a school employee that Giefer had been sexually assaulting her for several years. Giefer's arrest made statewide news because he had received a pardon from former Gov. Tim Pawlenty for a previous conviction for sexually assaulting a teenager. Giefer is now married to that victim.

Giefer had been scheduled to appear today for a pre-trial hearing. That hearing and a trial that was scheduled to start Monday were cancelled after Hanson made District Court Judge Bradley Walker aware of his decision.

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