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Thu., July 1, 2010, 8 a.m.

Pro fighter accused of raping young girl

A competitive mixed-martial arts fighter pleaded not guilty Wednesday today to raping and molesting a young girl.

Michael L. Mininger, 28, is represented by John Clark, who said his client denies all the allegations.

He “is looking forward to clearing his name,” Clark said. “He’s willing to take a lie detector test to prove his innocence.”

According to court records, Mininger sexually molested the girl, who is 9, over a period of three years.

The girl told a forensic interview specialist that the sexual abuse occurred after dark when her mother, Mininger's girlfriend, was asleep and when Mininger was drunk, according to court records.

Mininger — who is charged with first-degree rape of a child and first-degree child molestation — appeared before Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno, who granted Mininger’s request to be able to travel to Boise, Lincoln and Grant counties.

Clark said it was for Mininger’s job — not his fight schedule.

 Mininger was arrested June 16. He's out of jail on $10,000 bond.

Thomas Clouse
Thomas Clouse joined The Spokesman-Review in 1999. He currently is an investigative reporter for the City Desk and covers federal, state and local courts.

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