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Sex offender pleads not guilty

A convicted sex offender from West Virginia pleaded not guilty Monday in Clay District Court to sexually assaulting two children while he stayed at a Moorhead homeless shelter.

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A convicted sex offender from West Virginia pleaded not guilty Monday in Clay District Court to sexually assaulting two children while he stayed at a Moorhead homeless shelter.

Larry Franklin Dean, 45, is accused of inappropriately touching a brother and a sister who were both under age 13. Court records say he met the children at Churches United for the Homeless.

He is charged with seven counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Clay County District Judge Michael Kirk tentatively scheduled a jury trial for Nov. 16.

Dean also pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of failing to register as a sex offender.

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He served 15 years in a West Virginia prison for a 1988 conviction of sexually assaulting a young boy.

Counties in West Virginia and Maryland have issued warrants for Dean's arrest.

In Hampshire County, W.Va., Dean is accused of molesting a family member. Prosecutors in Allegany County, Md., say Dean solicited sexual acts from two young boys at a state park.

Dean is being held in the Clay County Jail in lieu of $89,000 bond. During an interview in September, Dean said the Clay County allegations are not true and he will fight the charges.

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