Sawaski trial pushed to June

Garrett Neese.Daily Mining Gazette File photo Don Sawaski appears during a hearing in Houghton County Circuit Court in June. His trial on three charges related to child pornography is being postponed until June to allow defense experts time to review evidence.

HOUGHTON — The trial of a former Houghton High School athletic director accused of possessing child pornography is being pushed back to June so that experts can review forensic evidence in the case.

Don Sawaski, 72, is charged with two counts of possession of child sexually abusive material, a four-year felony, and using a computer to commit a crime, a seven-year felony.

Earlier this month the court approved a protective order establishing the conditions under which the defense can review the evidence in the case, and giving defense experts immunity from prosecution for viewing the materials. In the defense’s motion for the protective order, they said they would assert at trial that the people depicted in the material were 18 or older.

The five-day trial is now scheduled to start June 12.