- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A neurosurgeon at Trinity Hospital in Minot has been put on administrative leave after being accused of sexually abusing two girls younger than 14.

Fifty-four-year-old Marc Eichler is charged with gross sexual imposition and luring minors by computer, and could face life in prison if convicted. He could enter pleas at a Nov. 30 hearing.

The Minot Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/1PYIeb8 ) that Eichler made his initial court appearance Thursday, and Judge Doug Mattson set bond at $250,000 cash. Eichler’s attorney unsuccessfully argued for a lower bond, saying Eichler has family and ties to the community.

Trinity Health says Eichler is a distinguished surgeon, author and speaker on spinal disorders. Trinity Vice President Randy Schwan says the hospital is making arrangements to maintain neurosurgical services.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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