Fondling Trial Set for Ricin Suspect

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Jackson, Miss.

The man charged with sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials is scheduled for trial in November on unrelated fondling charges.

James Everett Dutschke, a former martial arts instructor living in Tupelo, is charged in federal court with sending ricin-tainted letters on April 8 to Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and Lee County Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland.

He was previously charged in Lee County with three fondling charges.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that the fondling case is set for trial Nov. 19.

The April 1 indictment accuses Dutschke of improperly touching three girls under the ages of 16 in alleged incidents from January 2007 through Jan. 16, 2013.

In the ricin case, he has pleaded not guilty to five counts and denies sending the letters.