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ND man accused of Dickinson school arson says statements coerced

Thomas Sander
Thomas Sander

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The former Dickinson principal accused of setting fire to his school says he wasn't read his rights prior to interviews with officers and some of his statements were coerced.

30-year-old Thomas Sander pleaded not guilty to arson and endangering by fire. His trial is set for July 23.

Sander is scheduled to appear in court on July 1. His attorneys have asked a judge to suppress statements made by Sander during two interrogations with Dickinson police.

Prosecutors have not responded to the motion yet.

Sander is accused of starting a fire that destroyed Trinity High School on March 3 and endangering the life of a teacher who lived in an apartment at the school.