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Forum staff reports, Published March 25 2014

Cass County administrator pleads not guilty in domestic assault

MOORHEAD – Cass County, N.D., administrator Keith Berndt pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Clay County District Court to two fifth-degree misdemeanor domestic assault charges.

Berndt, 53, of Moorhead, pleaded through his defense attorney, Lisa Borgen. He did not appear in person at Tuesday morning’s arraignment.

A police report says a Moorhead school resource officer at Horizon Middle School was contacted Feb. 4 by a person who was required to report any physical assault on a minor.

Police said the assault on the minor happened overnight on Feb. 1 and 2.

Borgen previously told The Forum Berndt had received a ticket in the mail in the matter.

She declined to speak with The Forum after the hearing.

Check back for more on this developing story.