Nathaniel Benton, 20, Fargo, was sentenced to four years in prison Monday, Sept. 25 in Richland County District Court. Benton pleaded guilty to one count of sexual imposition.
Upon his release, Benton will be on supervised probation for five years. He is also ordered to have no contact with the victim.
Sexual imposition is a Class B felony. Benton was represented by Nicole Bredahl. Richland County Assistant State’s Attorney Megan Kummer represented the State of North Dakota. Judge Bradley Cruff presided.
In February, the Daily News reported Benton was charged with one count of sexual imposition and one count of attempted gross sexual imposition. At that time, he pleaded not guilty to both charges.
The attempted gross sexual imposition charge was dismissed on June 13, 2017. One day prior, Benton amended his plea, pleading guilty to sexual imposition.
Benton’s sentence recognized the 227 days he previously served in prison. It may be reduced with good behavior. Cruff also waived Benton’s requirement to pay $750 in fees.