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No Charges Filed Against Former Oakes Principal

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The Dickey County State's Attorney's Office has decided not charge or file any criminal charges against Don Warren, the former principal and activities director for the Oakes, North Dakota School District.  

According to a release sent by Dickey County State's Attorney Gary Neuharth, before reaching that decision, the following were reviewed and contemplated:

  1. Criminal Trespass
  2. Simple Assault
  3. Disorderly Conduct
  4. Justification
  5. Execution of a public duty
  6. Corporal Punishment-Prohibition-Consistent policies
  7. School Attendance
  8. The ND Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.8 Special responsibilities of a prosecutor
  9. From the American Bar Association, Standards on Prosecutorial Investigations;
    • Standard 1.2 General Principles
    • Standard 2.1 The Decisions To Initiate or Continue an Investigation

 A statement was released from the office per the Dickey County prosecutor and reads as follows:

"A prosecutor is the only one in a criminal action whom is responsible for the presentation of the truth. Justice is not complete without the truth always being the primary goal in all criminal proceedings. A prosecutor is not a mere advocate and unlike lawyers, a prosecutor does not represent individuals or entities, but society as a whole. In that capacity, a prosecutor must exercise independent judgment in reaching decisions while taking into account the interests of victims, witnesses, law enforcement officers, suspects, defendants and those members of society who have no direct interest in a particular case, but who are nonetheless affected by its outcome."

Neuharth says his office has also reviewed the available Oakes Police Department incident reports and has had discussions with Chief of Police Marke Roberts and Patrol Officer Justin Prochnow.

Warren submitted his immediate resignation to the school board on November 27, 2013 after an internal investigation that school officials say lasted nearly a week.

The resignation was prompted, in part, by Warren entering the home of a student twice without permission. He also reportedly told the same student he would "drop him like a bad habit" and "rip his head off and spit down the hole."

Warren had been the high school principal since 1990 and the school's activities director since2001.

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