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Andrew Glasser

Glasser

Appearing Tuesday morning for his preliminary hearing, Andrew Glasser pleaded not guilty to charges of abusing an infant and possessing child pornography.

The charges against the 32-year-old Bismarck man are felony-level offenses of child abuse, tampering with physical evidence, gross sexual imposition and 10 counts of possession of certain materials prohibited, all stemming from a police investigation rooted in the 11-week-old female infant's physical and sexual abuse.

Burleigh County Senior Assistant State's Attorney Julie Lawyer and defense attorney Bob Bolinske Jr. questioned Bismarck Police Detective Scott Betz about his investigation into the abuse, which began from a social worker's report in mid-October.

The infant reportedly had bilateral rib fractures and trauma to her femur, tibia and fibula of one leg in multiple stages of healing. She also had an injury evident of sexual abuse.

Betz said Glasser gave various reasons for the infant's injuries, which police and a doctor disputed.

The detective said a doctor told him the physical injuries were evident of squeezing.

Betz said Glasser had reset his phone, preventing detectives from searching the device. Glasser said his phone had reset from an operations update.

"That claim about doing a software update is impossible because there would have been no update for that phone," Betz said.

Police reportedly found several items of child pornography on Glasser's computer.

Betz said a "totality of circumstances" led him to suspect Glasser as the abuser.

Haskell found sufficient cause for the various charges and said the three separate cases are likely to be combined for trial, also remarking on the cases' "circumstantial evidence" and "credibility issues."

He said the court will set a trial for multiple days.

According to the court docket, Glasser, who has been connected to GPS monitoring since Dec. 26, is to have no contact with the victim or minors. He also is prohibited from accessing computers or the internet.

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Reach Jack Dura at 701-250-8225 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.

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