- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A Bismarck man accused of sexually abusing a young relative claims he is not responsible because he was asleep when it happened.

The abuse allegedly happened in May 2015. The lawyer for Aaron Michael Dietrich, 22, says an expert hired by the defense diagnosed Dietrich with a sleep disorder called sexomnia, the Minot Daily News (https://bit.ly/2ghyCxn) reported.

Deputy State’s Attorney Kelly Dillon said the state should have more than one expert to evaluate Dietrich - one at the state hospital to determine whether he was criminally responsible for his actions and another expert to determine if he indeed has sexomnia.

Dietrich’s lawyer, Lloyd Suhr, argued that additional evaluations would be an added burden for his client.

Judge Todd Cresap said he couldn’t decide how the state will try the case and signed a court order for additional evaluations on Dietrich’s disorder and alleged crime.

The state will wait for the results of the evaluations before scheduling a jury trial date. If found guilty of the Class A felony gross sexual imposition, Dietrich could face up to 20 years in prison and be required to register as a sex offender.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com


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