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South Central District Judge Bruce Haskell accepted a pretrial diversion agreement last month between a prosecutor and a Hebron man accused last fall of corruption or solicitation of minors.

Morton County Assistant State's Attorney Gabrielle Goter agreed to suspend prosecution for two years with the case dismissed afterward if, in that time, Mark Draeb commits no felonies, misdemeanors or infractions, does not contact the alleged victim or her family, pays $525 in court fees and donates $975 to the Dakota Children's Advocacy Center in Bismarck, taken from his bond.

"I maintain my innocence of this charge, and this agreement allows my family and me to move on with our lives," Draeb said Tuesday.

He was initially charged with felony counts of gross sexual imposition and corruption or solicitation of minors. Haskell dismissed the former charge in December. 

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