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Superior lawyer arrested for child abuse

A prominent Twin Ports attorney was arrested Sunday night in the town of Superior on a felony charge of child abuse. Richard Gondik was taken into custody about 8:30 p.m. Sunday and spent the night in the Douglas County Jail. Douglas County Sheri...

A prominent Twin Ports attorney was arrested Sunday night in the town of Superior on a felony charge of child abuse.

Richard Gondik was taken into custody about 8:30 p.m. Sunday and spent the night in the Douglas County Jail.

Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec said this evening that the charge involves an alleged male victim. No other information was immediately available regarding the incident.

A bail hearing was held today in Douglas County Circuit Court and Gondik was released on a $1,000 signature bond.

Gondik couldn't be reached for comment.

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In July, District Attorney Dan Blank said he was seeking a special prosecutor to determine possible charges in connection with an allegation of domestic abuse made by Gondik's now ex-wife. The allegation rose from a heated argument concerning the couple's pending divorce.

Gondik was never charged in the incident, according to court records available online.

The Superior lawyer has been in the news in recent months representing Duluth physician Javier De La Garza in criminal cases in Wisconsin and Minnesota. De La Garza was acquitted by a jury of a sexual assault charge in Wisconsin and settled his Minnesota case short of trial, both with Gondik as his attorney.

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