OSAGE | A 53-year-old man who has previously been convicted of attempted murder will stand trial outside Mitchell County 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.
Retterath was previously sentenced to up to 35 years in prison in 2016 for attempted murder and sexual abuse charges. A jury found Retterath guilty in October 2016.
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