- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) - A construction worker in North Dakota who authorities accuse of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl has been charged.

KOVC-AM reports that a $50,000 bond has been set for 19-year-old Joseph Chapps of Hardy, Arkansas. He is facing a gross sexual imposition charge.

The station reports Chapps had been staying at a Cooperstown motel with two relatives until he was arrested Aug. 19. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday at the Barnes County courthouse.

Chapps’ court-appointed attorney Mark Blumer declined to comment Thursday.

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Information from: KOVC-AM, https://www.newsdakota.com

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