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Another Pre-Trial Conference Scheduled In Lang Case
Saturday Sep 02, 2017 9:17am
Centreville, MI

By: Mike Stiles

(CENTREVILLE) – St. Joseph County District Court officials say an additional pretrial conference has been scheduled for a former Sturgis Public Schools teacher.

Because the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office and Keith Lang were unable to discuss his case between his last hearing on July 25 and his pretrial conference on August 31, another pretrial conference had to be set. The new date is September 28.

A plea agreement for the 38 year old former Sturgis teacher was withdrawn on July 25 after being rejected by District Court Judge Jeffery Middleton.

The agreement between Lang and the Prosecutor's Office would have had Lang plead no contest to one count of attempted fourth degree criminal sexual conduct. Under that agreement, Lang would not serve any jail time and could then withdraw that plea after 5 years and then plead to a charge of assault and battery.

The agreement would have kept Lang off the State of Michigan's sex offender registry.

Lang was arrested in January after an investigation into alleged inappropriate relations with students that dated back to 2006.

He was initially charged with three counts of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct; and one count each of distributing or promoting child sexually abusive activity; using a computer to commit a crime; possession of child sexually abusive material; and distributing sexually explicit visual or verbal matter of children.

The charges were amended to three counts of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct involving a student.

Lang remains free on a $150,000 bond.

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