No plea deal for sex offender
No plea agreement was reached for a Bismarck man charged with gross sexual imposition, during his pretrial conference at the Stark County Courthouse in Dickinson Tuesday afternoon.
Charles Rousseau, 46, is charged with gross sexual imposition, a Class A felony, for alleged sexual contact with a girl younger than 15 years old on Sept. 19 in a Dickinson motel room.
"The problem is this is a pretty serious case," said Mary Nordsven, Rousseau's attorney. "It has some unusual aspects and whenever we run into those kinds of cases, our usual format just doesn't seem to work very well."
A deposition was supposed to be scheduled, however in Nordsven's three-week absence, her office failed to schedule one.
"We really have not even sat down and talked seriously about a negotiated plea offer because there was some other things going on ... there's the possibility of my client being evaluated," Nordsven said.
Stark County Assistant State's Attorney Jim Hope said there is a theoretical possibility of issues with the alleged victim's statements.
"There might, and I emphasize might, be an issue related to prior statements," Hope said. "I do not believe there will be, but it would be really premature to address them here."
It is unclear what those statements consisted of.
Rousseau is not allowed to have contact with the alleged victim, but will be allowed to leave the state when his job requires him to, according to a previous Press article.
Rousseau has been scheduled for a three-day, 12-member jury trial slated to begin Sept. 29 and if convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
In April, North Dakota National Guard Spokesman Bill Prokopyk said Rousseau was a staff sergeant, according to a previous Press article.
It is unclear if he is still a member of the National Guard.
A number listed for Rousseau was disconnected.