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Published December 24, 2011, 10:40 AM

Montana man charged with assaulting ND girl

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A 32-year-old Missoula man who police say sexually assaulted a 5-year-old North Dakota girl during her visits to Montana has been charged with sexual intercourse without consent.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A 32-year-old Missoula man who police say sexually assaulted a 5-year-old North Dakota girl during her visits to Montana has been charged with sexual intercourse without consent.

The Missoulian reports that Ryan Eugene Marsh was charged in Missoula County Justice Court, and that his bail on Friday was set at $250,000.

Police say assaults took place between May 1 and Dec. 20 when Marsh sometimes babysat the girl when she came to visit a relative in Missoula. Authorities say initial police reports were made in North Dakota.

If convicted, Marsh faces a maximum penalty of 100 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

His next court appearance is set for Jan. 11.

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