Hearings Set in Fondling Case Against Dutschke

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Tupelo, Miss.

Hearings have been set on two of the sexual fondling charges against James Everett Dutschke.

Dutschke, a 42-year-old former Tupelo martial arts instructor, is in federal custody in Oxford on charges of sending ricin-laden letters to President Barrack Obama and other elected officials and attempting to frame another man for the crimes.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the two hearings will be Jan. 21 at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. They will determine if forensic interviewers can testify as to what minors told them regarding the alleged incidents.

The hearing will also determine if the forensic interviews will be allowed to be submitted as evidence in the trial.

Dutschke has pleaded not guilty to federal and state charges.