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Charges dismissed against former Trinity principal

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) - A Dickinson-based judge has approved a prosecutor's request to dismiss charges in the case of a former high school principal accused of setting fire to his school in March.

Southwest District Judge William Herauf ruled to dismiss the state's case against Thomas Sander without prejudice.

Prosecutors charged Sander, 30, with arson and endangering by fire. They said he started a fire that destroyed Trinity High School on March 3 and endangered the life of a teacher who lived in an apartment at the school. Sander pleaded not guilty.

Prosecuting attorney Tom Henning filed the motion to dismiss Thursday.

Herauf had ruled two days earlier that Sander was not read his rights before part of a police interrogation and that some of his statements were coerced.