Belcourt Man to Serve 20 Years for Sex Offenses
BISMARCK - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on
August 30, 2012, Neil D. Houle, 29, of Belcourt, N.D., was sentenced by U.S. District
Judge Daniel L. Hovland on charges of attempted aggravated sexual abuse and failure to
update sex offender registration. Houle pleaded guilty to the charges on May 7, 2012.
Judge Hovland sentenced Houle to 20 years in federal prison, to be followed by 15
years of supervised release. Houle was ordered to pay a $200 special assessment to the
Crime Victimâ€™s Fund and to pay restitution of $294.
Houle entered a Belcourt area residence through a window in the early morning
hours of August 11, 2011. Houle attempted to rape a juvenile, but the juvenile was able
to flee from the residence. At the time of this offense, Houle failed to update his sex
offender registration information, which was required for his state conviction for gross
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs - Turtle Mountain
Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandi Sasse Russell prosecuted the case.