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Published December 05, 2012, 09:09 AM

Bismarck man pleads not guilty in stairwell sex case

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck man accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl in an apartment building stairwell has pleaded not guilty to felony gross sexual imposition.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck man accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl in an apartment building stairwell has pleaded not guilty to felony gross sexual imposition.

Authorities say police officers encountered 19-year-old Christopher Vandermeer and the girl on Oct. 28 after receiving a tip. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Police Detective Mark Gaddis testified Tuesday that the girl told him she and Vandermeer had been chatting online and texting for about a year.

Vandermeer faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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