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Appearance date set for Minar

Former Franklin College president Thomas Minar will have his day in court after being arrested for charges related to child sex crimes in Sturgeon Bay earlier this month. According to the criminal complaint filed with the Door County Clerk of Courts Tuesday, Minar and an investigator with the Sturgeon Bay Police Department corresponded with each other on the mobile app Grindr seven different times on January 6th before making arrangements at a local restaurant to meet. While under arrest, Minar admitted to wanting to meet the 15-year-old the investigator was posing as, but denied wanting to take things further than that. He also admitted later to sending sexually explicit messages and pictures to the person he thought was a child. Minar was released on a $7,500 cash bond shortly after his arrest, but is due back in Door County Circuit Court on January 27th to face felony charges of child enticement-sexual contact, use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, and exposing a child to harmful material.

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