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Jury trial date set in Pope County felony sex case

Charles James Mackson, 29, appeared via Zoom at Pope County District Court on Monday, June 27.

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POPE COUNTY — A jury trial date has been set in the case of an Ohio man who was charged with a felony sex crime after coming to Glenwood to find a student he met online.

Charles James Mackson, 29, appeared via Zoom at Pope County District Court on Monday, June 27, for a hearing at which the date for a jury trial was set for Oct. 4-6.

His pre-trial hearing was scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 18.

Jackson was charged with engaging in electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct with a child, a felony.

On Friday, April 29, the Pope County Sheriff's Office received a report from Minnewaska Area Middle School of an unknown man at the school, a news release read.

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Thanks to the quick actions of school staff, the Pope County Sheriff's Office and Glenwood Police Department were able to apprehend Mackson at a Pope County hotel, the news release said.

Mackson traveled from Dayton, Ohio, for the sole purpose of finding a student he had met online, according to the news release.

Travis Gulbrandson covers several beats, including Osakis School Board and Osakis City Council, along with the Brandon-Evansville School Board. His focus will also be on crime and court news.
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