Clapper charged with gross sexual imposition, burglary
Jesse Robert Clapper made an initial appearance Monday before Judge Dann Greenwood in Stark County District Court.
Clapper, 43, of Scranton, was charged with two counts of gross sexual imposition - force, a Class A felony, and two counts of burglary - night, a Class B felony.
The charges were filed on May 10.
According to the criminal complaint, Clapper, on May 10, committed the act of gross sexual imposition when he "engaged in a sexual act with another" and "compelled the victim by force."
On the charge of burglary, the complaint alleges Clapper "willfully entered the dwelling of another at night" when he was "not licensed, invited, or otherwise privileged to enter or remain" with "the intent to commit a crime therein."
In North Dakota, a Class A felony carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail and/or a $20,000 fine, and minimum fines totaling $1,025.
A Class B felony carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and/or a $20,000 fine, and minimum fines totaling $775.
Bowman County State's Attorney Andrew Weiss recommended bond of $50,000 cash.
"The basis is the seriousness of the offense, protecting the victim and the severity of the possible sentence," he said.
Greenwood upheld the recommendation, despite Clapper being classified as a "low risk."
"The court is generally inclined to grant a reasonable bail in those circumstances," he said, "but in a case where we have two Class A and two Class B felonies, the court is satisfied under normal circumstances with the severity of the charges and severity of penalties that imply in the event of conviction there is an inherent risk of flight."
Weiss also ordered no contact with the unidentified victim.
A preliminary hearing, during which Clapper will enter a plea, is scheduled for July 11.