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Man charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting child in ND

Christian Dion Tolbert

GRAND FORKS -- A Grand Forks area man appeared in court Friday, Jan. 11, on accusations that he repeatedly sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl during a two-year period.

Christian Dion Tolbert, 33, could be sentenced to life in prison without parole if convicted.

An affidavit for Tolbert’s arrest said he began abusing the 12-year-old victim in 2012. He kissed the girl while they were sitting on a couch and told her not to tell her mother, a court document said. A week or two later, Tolbert allegedly sexually assaulted her.

The affidavit said the sexual abuse happened about every other day for two years until he was cut off from contact with her.

Tolbert later created a fake Facebook account on Dec. 9, 2017, to contact the girl, the affidavit said. He asked how old she was and said she was “cute but young, to (sic) sexy to be single,” according to a court document.

Tolbert eventually disclosed his real identity and asked the girl, who was then 17, to send him explicit photos, the affidavit said. He talked with the girl about past sexual acts and began talking about the future when Tolbert told the girl, “you’re not legal yet, makes me nervous,” but then went on to describe sexual acts he wanted to do to the girl, the affidavit said.

Tolbert is charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child and luring minors by computer. A judge ruled Friday that Tolbert will be held on $100,000 bail.

A court document lists Tolbert’s address as the Grand Forks Air Force Base, and a LinkedIn profile said he is a supply technician there. Air Force Public Affairs said he is not currently an airman, but could not confirm if he served in the past.

He is scheduled to appear in court again Feb. 15.

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