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Grafton man blames heavy sleeping for sexually assaulting teen

Robert Kringstad

GRAND FORKS — A Grafton man blamed his heavy-sleeping habits for sexually assaulting a teen, court documents said.

Robert Kringstad, 39, told police "I sleep hard and things happen. One simple mistake and that's all it took," an affidavit said. He was arrested Monday, Sept. 24.

Court documents allege a 16- or 17-year-old girl was sleeping on a living room floor after a concert on May 4 when she awoke around 5 a.m. because Kringstad's hand was down her pants and fondling her. She left the living room and told her mother the next day, an affidavit said.

During an interview with police Monday, Kringstad told police he didn't knowingly fondle the girl, court documents said.

Kringstad could spend 20 years behind bars if convicted. He bonded out of jail Thursday, Sept. 27, but is expected to appear in court again Oct. 8.

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