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Prosecutors drop charges in nude pictures case

Prosecutors Monday dropped three criminal charges against a Fargo man accused of photographing nude girls. The move dismisses a felony and two misdemeanors facing 22-year-old Ryan Lybeck after the girls told authorities they didn't want to testif...

Prosecutors Monday dropped three criminal charges against a Fargo man accused of photographing nude girls.

The move dismisses a felony and two misdemeanors facing 22-year-old Ryan Lybeck after the girls told authorities they didn't want to testify in the case.

"One of our big concerns are the minor victims who don't want to go to trial," Assistant Cass County State's Attorney Aaron Birst said. "They want to put this behind them. We had to consider their feelings and thoughts."

However, Lybeck may face a single misdemeanor count stemming from a police investigation.

Lybeck has agreed with prosecutors to plead guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, his attorney, Bruce Quick, said.

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The new charge could be filed this week. Unlike previous charges, it would not be a sex crime, Quick said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Steven P. Wagner at (701) 241-5542

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