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Meyerdirk case moves forward

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WORTHINGTON — Kenneth Meyerdirk appeared Tuesday in Nobles County District Court Tuesday for a hearing on multiple charges of criminal sexual conduct in connection with alleged contact with a granddaughter that spanned several years.

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During the hearing, Meyerdirk’s attorney, Allen Eskens, requested an expert witness on false memory to be present at the trial, and have the expert look into the specifics of the case.

As the prosecution did not receive the motion until Tuesday morning, just prior to the hearing, a decision was not made on whether the witness will be allowed to testify at the trial.

Eskens also requested the expert witness be able to testify through interactive television (ITV), as the individual is at Harvard University in Massachusetts.

Judge Gordon Moore said he saw two issues with the requests — one being technology, the other whether using ITV is agreeable to the prosecution. Moore said preliminary research on ITV options needs to be done before a decision is made.

Meyerdirk’s case will move forward with a contested omnibus hearing, for which a date has not been set yet.

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.