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New Town, ND, Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Sexual Abuse of Minor Female Child

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of North Dakota

BISMARCK –United States Attorney Jennifer Klemetsrud Puhl announced that on November 3, 2022, U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Traynor sentenced Richard Hall, Age 51 of New Town, ND, to 15 years in federal prison for the charges of Abusive Sexual Contact of a Child and Abusive Sexual Contact of an Unconscious Person, for which Hall pleaded guilty to on August 3, 2022. Judge Traynor also sentenced Hall to 10 years of supervised release. During the sentencing hearing, the victim and several family members provided statements regarding the tremendous impact the sexual abuse has had on the victim and her entire family.

This case came to the attention of the law enforcement when it was reported that Hall, on one occasion, intentionally touched the clothed breast and inner thigh area of a minor female under the age of 12 years. Additionally, on another occasion, Hall touched the breast, buttocks, and genitals of the same minor child.

"In cases like this, a sentence of 15 years is warranted and will send a resounding message to the community that sexual abuse of a child will not be tolerated," said Assistant United States Attorney Gary Delorme.

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Terry W. Van Horn 701-297-7458

Updated November 4, 2022