Sex offender gets 40 years for assaulting minor

BISMARCK, N.D. – A Mandan man with a record of child sex crimes will spend the next 40 years in a federal prison after he traveled to Madagascar to solicit sex from minors. U.S. District Judge Dan Traynor sentenced 60-year-old Maurice Thill. Thill pleaded guilty in August to failing as a registered sex offender to report international travel, failing to…

North Dakota Dioceses Release List of Priests with Substantiated Claims

The lists consist of 53 clergy members.

BISMARCK, N.D.–The Diocese of Bismarck and the Diocese of Fargo released lists of priests who have substantiated claims against them today. A substantiated claim is an allegation that a priest, deacon, monsignor or bishop sexually abused a minor during his appointment within the Diocese. Bishop David Kagen said he chose to publicly identify the priests “In the interest of transparency…

High Risk Sex Offender Moves From Jamestown To Grand Forks

Justin McGregor is required to register as a sex offender for life

GRAND FORKS, ND — A high risk sex offender has moved from Jamestown to Grand Forks. Police say 32-year-old Justin McGregor is now living at 317 7th Street North. McGregor has a conviction for corruption/solicitation of a minor in 2010 for fondling a 16 year old girl. He was convicted of gross sexual imposition in 1999 for biting a 10-year-old boy’s…

Oak Grove Student Dismissed After Placing Recording Device In Girls’ Dressing Room

The Device Was Found Near The End Of a School Performance On Thursday

FARGO, N.D. — Oak Grove Lutheran School has sent a letter to parents to tell them about an electronic recording device found in the girls’ dressing room. It was discovered near the end of the performance of ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ on Thursday evening. The recording ran for 51 minutes. It was turned over to police in Fargo on…

Fargo Woman Facing Charges in Crash with Fargo Police Car

The department says her preliminary blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit

FARGO, N.D. — A Fargo woman was arrested after hitting a Fargo Police Department squad car. Twenty-year-old Allison Wunderlich wasn’t hurt after she ran into the back of the squad car on Friday night. She was arrested for DUI and cited for minor in possession, minor consuming alcohol, minor under the influence, and failure to have vehicle under control. The…

Victims Identified in Fatal Head-On Crash in Grand Forks County

According to authorities, Flatten and Ysteboe both lived at the Hatton Prairie Nursing Home

  GRAND FORKS COUNTY, N.D. — Authorities have identified the victims of a fatal head-on crash in Grand Forks County. Alpha Flatten, 97, and 59-year-old Lynette Ysteboe, both of Hatton, died after the car they were riding in, being driven by 59-year-old Scott Grund, was hit head-on by a car being driven by 19-year-old Brenden Myron of Northwood. Authorities say…

Sheldon Man Charged After Admitting to Sexual Abuse of a Minor While Drunk

According to court documents, Arneson admitted to the sexual abuse during an interview

RANSOM COUNTY, ND — A Sheldon, North Dakota man has been charged with eight felonies and a misdemeanor for the sexual assault of a girl that may have gone on for several years. Terry Arneson, 48, was arrested after an investigation by the Ransom County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the B.C.I. According to court documents, Arneson admitted to the…

High Risk Sex Offender Living in South Fargo

He was convicted in 2013 in Cass County of luring a minor by computer

FARGO, ND — A high risk sex offender has moved to south Fargo. Police say 26-year-old John Bussert is living at 401 9th Street South. He was convicted in 2013 in Cass County of luring a minor by computer. Bussert’s victim was a 13-year-old female who he asked on Facebook to send him nude photos and engage in sexual acts….

Former Bemidji Assistant Principal Pleads Guilty to Child Porn

He was assistant principal for three years before resigning in April

BEMIDJI, Minn. — A former assistant principal at Bemidji Middle School has pleaded guilty to producing child porn. Thirty-five-year-old Brandon Bjerknes of Bemidji also admitted to a second count of coercion and enticement of a minor. Prosecutors say Bjerknes posed as a teenage boy and used social media to contact girls and boys and told them to send him explicit…