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Nelson Co. sheriff resigns over stalking probe

Former Nelson Co. Sheriff Kelly Jahnke
Former Nelson Co. Sheriff Kelly Jahnke

LAKOTA, N.D. (AP) - The Nelson County sheriff in Lakota has resigned in response to a state investigation into a sexual affair.

Sheriff Kelly Janke submitted his resignation Friday.

According to documents obtained through an open records request, Walsh County State's Attorney Barbara Whelan on Wednesday gave Janke until Friday to step down.

She wrote that otherwise, she would charge him with stalking a woman with whom he had an affair in 2010. Whelan said the relationship ended but Jahnke stalked the woman the following year when she started dating another man.

Whelen said instead of prosecuting, she will offer Janke a pretrial diversion. She declined further comment.

Janke's lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Commissioners will appoint an interim sheriff Tuesday who will serve until the November election.

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