Grand Forks man given 40 years for child assault

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A Grand Forks man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl.

Judge John Thelen went along Wednesday with the state's sentencing recommendation for Jeffrey Krogstad, citing concerns that the 53-year-old sex offender would reoffend if given the opportunity.

Jurors found Krogstad guilty of gross sexual imposition after a three-day trial in April during which the girl testified while clutching a teddy bear. The Bismarck Tribune says the abuse took place from February until July 2018.

Krogstad refused to cooperate with a mandated presentence investigation, which is routinely used to determine the level of risk a sex offender poses for reoffending.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com