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N.D. sheriff accused of intimidation, harassment

STEELE, N.D. (AP) -- Kidder County's sheriff is accused of sexually harassing a county employee and trying to intimidate people about the upcoming sheriff's election.

Doug Howard faces four misdemeanor charges -- three counts of corrupt practices and one of disorderly conduct.

He does not have a listed home telephone number and did not immediately return a telephone call left at his office Monday by The Associated Press.

Howard is running for re-election against his deputy, John Lemieux. He allegedly used threats, intimidation and economic coercion on Lemieux after the deputy filed his petition to run for Howard's job.

Howard also is accused of sexually harassing a female county employee who supported Lemieux.