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Brittany Lawonn, Published February 19 2008

Former Valley City, N.D., city administrator charged for KKK Web site

The former Valley City, N.D., city administrator is facing a criminal charge in connection with his creation of a fake Web site that depicted three failed municipal candidates in a negative light.

David Johnson was suspended for two weeks without pay last year for his role in the site, which linked one candidate to the Ku Klux Klan, called another a slum lord and simulated another to appear like Adolf Hitler.

Johnson now faces a Class A misdemeanor charge of failing to disclose the name of a sponsor in a political advertisement for not disclosing that he was the creator and promoter of the site, according to Barnes County District Court documents.

Johnson, who is now the county administrator in Wabasha County, Minn., has been summoned to appear in Barnes County District Court on March 4.

If convicted, Johnson faces up to a year in jail and/or a $2,000 fine.

For more on this story, read Wednesday’s Forum.