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ONLY ON 3: Riel back in court, trial date set


BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) -- For the second time this week the former North Brunswick High School band teacher accused of sexting a student was in court.

Mark Riel is charged with indecent liberties with a minor after allegedly sending an inappropriate text to a student in January.

Riel's attorney Robert Dillow told the judge the case would take several days and asked to reschedule the trial date. The prosecution says it has 12 witnesses.

WWAY's Marissa Jasek tried to speak with Riel before and after he was in the courtroom, but Dillow threatened to have her arrested for assault as she asked Riel two questions on his way out of the Brunswick County Courthouse.

Riel had been a band teacher at North Brunswick since 2005. He resigned soon after his arrest.

Riel's trial is scheduled for December 12.

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