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Judge denies bail reduction in sex assault case prosecutor calls 'horrific'

FARGO--A veteran Fargo prosecutor is calling it one of the worst cases of sexual assault he's ever encountered. Speaking at a hearing in Cass County District Court on Wednesday, Assistant State's Attorney Mark Boening told Judge John Irby that ba...

Timothy L. Sola
Timothy L. Sola

FARGO--A veteran Fargo prosecutor is calling it one of the worst cases of sexual assault he's ever encountered.

Speaking at a hearing in Cass County District Court on Wednesday, Assistant State's Attorney Mark Boening told Judge John Irby that bail should remain at $100,000--cash, or bond--for Timothy L. Sola, 23, of Mapleton, who faces charges of gross sexual imposition, aggravated assault and terrorizing, all felonies.

The case stems from an incident that allegedly happened in late January at Sola's home.

Sola's attorney, Jesse Lange, argued at Wednesday's hearing that bail should be reduced to $15,000--cash, or bond--because the victim in the case has written a letter stating Sola did not sexually assault her and that she didn't want him charged with sexual assault.

Boening countered by relating for Irby some of the alleged conduct in the case, which according to court documents included allegations by the victim that Sola beat and choked her into performing sexual acts while threatening her repeatedly that he was going to kill her, or have someone else kill her.

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Stating he couldn't remember many cases "quite as horrific," Boening told Irby that because of what she went through, it's unlikely the victim understood what consent meant in such a context.

Irby denied Lange's request for reduced bail and maintained the amount at $100,000.

According to court documents, the victim, who was pregnant at the time of the alleged assault, told investigators that Sola had been violent toward her on a nearly weekly basis for a number of years and she said he knows mixed martial arts and is trained in Taekwondo.

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