A Dickinson man pleaded guilty Tuesday to gross sexual imposition.
Erik Travis Odegaard, 21, appeared in Stark County District Court before Judge Dann Greenwood on the Class A felony charge.
According to the criminal complaint, Odegaard engaged in a sexual act with another or caused another to engage in a sexual act with a victim under the age of 15.
The complaint notes specifically that Odegaard engaged in a sexual act with a minor under 15 years old when there was oral contact between his genitals and the female victim.
The incident took place in Stark County in December 2018. Odegaard had his first appearance on the charge in Stark County District Court in April.
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.
Greenwood accepted the plea.
Though a plea agreement has been presented, it is contingent on the results of a presentence investigation report and a psychosexual evaluation, Odegaard's attorney, Thomas Murtha of Murtha Law Firm in Dickinson, told Greenwood.
A psychosexual evaluation is conducted by mental health professionals to determine whether the defendant has a propensity for such crimes or if it was an isolated incident.
Assistant State's Attorney Rose Engelstad noted that a risk assessment would also be included with the evaluation.
Engelstad requested that the investigation and evaluation be completed within 90 days.
"Ninety days is usually the time frame we ask that these be completed in," she said. "If it takes longer, we can always address that with the court, but we usually have a set time on these."
Greenwood said that such investigations are usually completed ahead of such deadlines.
A sentencing hearing has not been scheduled.