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Belcourt Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse

January 23, 2013

BISMARCK – U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Jan. 23, 2013, Nodin J. Azure, 24, Belcourt, N.D., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge of sexual abuse.

On May 24, 2011, Azure went into a bedroom where the victim was sleeping and proceeded to have sexual intercourse with the victim. When the victim awoke, she pushed Azure off of her, fled the residence, and drove to the hospital.

The charge of sexual abuse carries a statutory maximum penalty of life in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs – Turtle Mountain Agency.

Sentencing for Azure has been scheduled for May 20, 2013, in U.S. District Court in Minot, N.D., at 10:00 a.m.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandi Sasse Russell is prosecuting the case.






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