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Former Trooper Pleads Not Guilty to Stolen Prescription Medication Charges

A former Iowa State trooper is pleading not guilty to charges that he stole prescription medications from an evidence room.

31-year-old Michael Haugen is charged with falsifying a public document and third-degree theft. He's accused of altering a label on an evidence bag and removing prescription medication from an evidence room.

Haugen admits he had an opioid addiction. He told Channel 13's Dan Winters that he needed help but was too afraid to ask.

"I felt horrible and I wish I could fix it," Haugen said. "I`m trying every day to fix what I've broken."

Haugen declined to answer questions about the charges against him. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.