Judge rejects plea deal for former deputy accused of child sex charges

It would have put Neil Dolan behinds bars for at least 12 years.

Judge rejects plea deal for former deputy accused of sex at school with students
Former Clearwater County Sheriff's Deputy Neil Dolan.

BAGLEY — Former Clearwater County Sheriff's Deputy Neil Dolan, 33, was going to plead guilty Friday, April 23, to two more child sex charges. However, the judge said no to the plea agreement.

Dolan was the school resource officer at Bagley High School.

Investigators allege he had sex with two 15-year-old students, while in uniform, inside his office at the high school.

Dolan was looking at 55 years in prison.

The plea deal called for the former cop to serve at least 12 years in prison, and it would be served concurrently with the two-year prison sentence he is serving for sexually abusing another teenager at a Boy Scout camp in Becker County.


While prosecutors say the victims in Clearwater County were on board with the deal, Judge Eric Schieferdecker rejected it. He said case law prevented him from saying what his objection is, but he did say, "I just can't be a rubber stamp for everything."

The case will go to trial in August, unless the judge approves another plea deal in the case.

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