FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A lie detector test that Aaron Knodel’s lawyer says his client passed will not be allowed at the upcoming sex crime trial of the reigning North Dakota teacher of the year unless its accuracy can be determined ahead of time.

Knodel is accused of having sexual contact with a 17-year-old female student more than five years ago. He has pleaded not guilty to five counts of felony corruption or solicitation of a minor. He could face up to 35 years in prison if convicted.

Knodel is scheduled for a 5-7-day trial beginning March 24. Judge Steven McCullough on Monday said he won’t allow any polygraph evidence unless it’s submitted before trial so its reliability can be determined.

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