- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A judge has dismissed the case against a former North Dakota teacher of the year accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female student in 2009.

The trial for West Fargo High School English teacher Aaron Knodel ended abruptly in April following one juror’s medical emergency during deliberations. Judge Steven McCullough also said the woman failed to disclose during jury selection that she had been a victim of sexual abuse.

McCullough later dropped three of the five charges against Knodel and declared a mistrial on the remaining charges of felony corruption or solicitation of a minor.

State prosecutors filed the motion last week to drop the remaining two charges, after their request to delay the retrial was rejected by McCullough. The second trial was scheduled to start Tuesday.

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