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Grand Forks man accused of sexually assaulting 12-year-old girl

GRAND FORKS -- A Grand Forks man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl earlier this summer could face life in prison without the possibility of parole.

GRAND FORKS -- A Grand Forks man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl earlier this summer could face life in prison without the possibility of parole.

David Allen Willings, 50, made an initial appearance Friday afternoon in Grand Forks County District Court. He faces felony charges of gross sexual imposition and luring minors by computer.

Gross sexual imposition is a Class AA felony punishable by a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole. Luring minors by computer is a Class B felony that carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Grand Forks police arrested Willings after serving a search warrant Wednesday at his home.

Court documents indicate investigation of the crime began earlier this month in Minnesota, where the girl told a child protection specialist she was assaulted by Willings. The incidents took place on multiple occasions on undisclosed dates in Otter Tail County and once around July 4 in Grand Forks, according to an affidavit filed with the court.

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The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office contacted the Grand Forks Police Department and forwarded copies of reports and a video of the interview between the specialist and the girl.

In the interview, the girl described Willings touching her inappropriately, taking off her clothes, forcing her to touch his genitals and performing oral sex on her. The girl also said Willings sent her texts commenting on her body and asking her to perform sexual acts.

A probable cause summary filed for the case notes officers were able to obtain copies of the text messages and read them to Willings during a police interview. He admitted to sending the texts and told officers he know he shouldn't have sent them "because they were wrong," police said.

Grand Forks police officers executed a search warrant for electronic items and other evidence at Willings' residence Wednesday. They seized multiple cellphones and laptops, according to an evidence receipt.

Willings' next court appearance is set for 1:30 p.m. March 2.

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