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Dunn Center rape trial delayed

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Dickinson North Dakota 1815 1st Street West 58602

The pre-trial conference and trial for a Dunn Center man charged with rape and aggravated assault has been delayed because of unrelated medical issues the victim is facing.

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Because of the delay, bond for Jeffery Thibault was lowered from $100,000 cash to $25,000, with the requirement he post 10 percent to be released.

Upon his release, Thibault must check in daily with the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office and will be in the care of his cousin, who lives in Dunn Center, Southwest Judicial District Judge Dann Greenwood ordered at the hearing Tuesday at Stark County Courthouse.

Greenwood emphasized the cousin is responsible for reporting any violations of Thibault’s release conditions, which also include not leaving the state and not contacting the victim.

Thibault is charged with raping a young woman after the pair met up at Dunn Center’s DC Pub and Grub in November. The act was so violent that the woman had hemorrhaging and lost liters of blood. Thibault allegedly left her without medical treatment, according to testimony from the Feb. 20 preliminary hearing.

Thibault maintains the sex was consensual, just rough.

Dunn County Assistant State’s Attorney Pat Merriman estimated the pre-trial conference would be pushed into mid-July to accommodate the victim’s medical needs.

“Until I find out the physical condition of my victim, I can’t really move forward with prosecuting (Thibault),” he said.

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