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Rosebud tribal official pleads not guilty to sex charges

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A St. Francis man pleaded not guilty Monday to sex-related charges in Seventh Circuit Court. Michael J. Valandra, 48, is charged with three counts of solicitation of a minor and one count of sexual contact with a child under 16. Valandra was arrested April 16. Valandra also denied the prosecution's allegation that he is a habitual offender. The allegation is based upon a 1999 federal charge for distribution of a controlled substance.