Trial set: Sawaski trial scheduled to start Oct. 30

Former Houghton High School athletic director Don Sawaski, right, and his lawyer, Karl Numinen, are seen here at a bond hearing in February. Sawaski’s trial has been set to start on Oct. 30. (Daily Mining Gazette photo by Garrett Neese)

HOUGHTON — A former Houghton High School athletic director is scheduled to stand trial for allegedly possessing child pornography in October.

Don Sawaski, 72, faces two counts of possessing sexually abusive material involving a child, a four-year felony, and using a computer to commit a crime, a seven-year felony. He pleaded not guilty to the charges in May 2016.

A five-day trial is scheduled to start Oct. 30. Sawaski’s trial has been pushed back multiple times, most recently in June due to the unavailability of a witness.

Sawaski was arrested in January 2016 in Longmont, Colorado, as a fugitive from justice.

Sawaski is out on bond. Restrictions include no contact with people under 17 and a ban on entering school property. He must also stay within Houghton County, although his bond was amended in February to allow him to visit his sister in Gogebic County, who was ill.