- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A 23-year-old Bismarck man has pleaded not guilty to charges he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl on two separate occasions.

Cole Jackson pleaded not guilty Monday in South Central District Court to two felony counts of corruption or solicitation of a minor. He faces up to five years in prison on each charge if convicted.

The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/1Evdomf ) reports Jackson attended the preliminary hearing and arraignment without an attorney, after the court denied his request for a public defender. He declined to comment on allegations made by Bismarck Police Detective Joseph Arenz.

Arenz told the court that the girl’s mother notified police of the sexual assaults, which the girl said took place last fall.

He said Jackson admitted to police detectives that he had sex with the girl twice.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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