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In this file photo from August, Mark Retterath of Osage is taken from the courtroom by deputies after being convicted of attempted murder, solicitation to commit murder and third-degree sexual abuse.

OSAGE | A 53-year-old man who has previously been convicted of attempted murder will stand trial outside Mitchell County for for third-degree sexual abuse and exploitation charges.

Mark Bernard Retterath, of Osage, attended Alcoholic Anonymous meetings and, while acting as a sponsor, allegedly performed sexual acts on a person multiple times without that person's permission, according to court documents.

The trial, scheduled for Nov. 13, has now been moved to May 21, 2018, according to court documents. 

Judge Gregg Rosenbladt allowed Retterath's request for a change in venue, because of local media coverage. A new trial location has not yet been set. 

Investigators said Retterath decided to kill the victim, who was first abused as a teenager, with the poison ricin when the man went to authorities with his allegations of sexual abuse.

— Steve Bohnel

Contact Steve at 641-421-0527 or on Twitter @Steve_Bohnel.

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