- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Sawyer’s former school superintendent and high school principal has reached a plea deal with prosecutors on child sex crimes and avoided trial.

Fifty-one-year-old Charles Soper on Tuesday pleaded guilty to several felony and misdemeanor charges, and prosecutors dropped a human trafficking count.

The deal calls for Soper to spend 35 years in prison and 10 more years on probation, though a judge must agree. A sentencing date was not immediately set.

Had Soper been convicted of the most serious charge against him, he could have faced life in prison without parole.

Soper was accused of sexually abusing three teenage boys and possessing child pornography. He resigned from the school after his arrest in May 2015.

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