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Published August 09, 2013, 10:41 AM

Bismarck man gets jail term for sex with teenager

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A 19-year-old Bismarck man has been sentenced to serve 45 days in jail for having sex with a 14-year-old girl in an apartment building stairwell.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A 19-year-old Bismarck man has been sentenced to serve 45 days in jail for having sex with a 14-year-old girl in an apartment building stairwell.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that the rest of the three-year sentence handed down to Christopher Vandermeer was suspended. He will be on probation during that time.

A jury last April convicted Vandermeer of felony gross sexual imposition for the stairwell incident last October. He could have faced up to 20 years in prison.

Prosecutors asked that Vandermeer be sentenced to serve five years behind bars, but Judge Bruce Romanick said he didn't think a lengthy prison term would do society or Vandermeer any good. He ordered the 45-day sentence to give Vandermeer a "taste" of being incarcerated.

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