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Judge: no bail reduction in The Hills sexual assault case

DULUTH, MN–Bail won’t be reduced for the man accused of sexually abusing teens at a youth care facility in Duluth.

A St. Louis County judge made that decision during Mark Painter’s court appearance Tuesday.

Painter faces five counts of 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly giving clients, between the ages of 13 and 17, contraband in exchange for sexual contact.

According to the criminal complaint, the incidents apparently happened while Painter worked at The Hills Youth and Family Services in Duluth.

Painter’s attorney had claimed the bail was too high, which he said basically amounted to Painter having no bail. Meanwhile, prosecutors argued the alleged victims are too vulnerable to reduce bail. They also claimed Painter could flee the area.

Bail will remain at $150,000.

Painter is due back in court next month.

Painter is also facing a civil lawsuit filed by one of his alleged victims, which continues to move through the court system, as well.

Briggs LeSavage

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