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ND man, 62, admits sexual assault of 3-year-old

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WILLISTON, N.D. -- A 62-year-old Williston man pleaded guilty Monday to sexually assaulting a 3-year-old last year.

James White pleaded guilty in a plea-bargain to a class A felony count of gross sexual imposition during a brief hearing. A sentencing hearing in the case is scheduled for Oct. 8. He faces up to almost 13 years in prison.

White spoke little during the hearing, apart from answering questions put to him by Northwest District Judge Josh Rustad. White told Rustad that he took multiple medications, but that none of them affected his decision-making ability.

White is accused of sexually assaulting a young child in July of 2017, according to an affidavit. Police say the child and her mother were staying at White’s home and were sleeping on the couch. The mother woke up in the middle of the night and saw the child and White on a bed, and both were naked, according to charging documents.

When police interviewed White, he admitted touching the child’s genitals and admitted the child was naked at the time, according to the affidavit