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Judge throws out case accusing Bemidji woman of sex charge

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BEMIDJI – A Bemidji woman accused of sexual misconduct with an autistic boy has been cleared.

Janet Verjean Kern, 73, of Bemidji, had been charged with felony fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim who is mentally impaired or helpless.

In a jury trial held Thursday and Friday, Beltrami County District Judge John Melbye “directed a verdict of acquittal,” according to defense attorney Tom Kuesel.

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