James Hopfauf

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A rural Flasher farmer accused of fondling two teenage boys denies the allegations and said they were helping him with his bad back.

James Patrick Hopfauf, 50, was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of felony sexual assault. Court documents say for years he inappropriately touched two teenage boys.

One of them, now 19, reportedly told investigators that Hopfauf sexually assaulted him for three and a half years, ending in November. The sexual contact allegedly started with back rubs and led to inappropriate touching.

The 19-year-old also reportedly said Hopfauf hurt him if he struggled.

The second boy, now 18, claimed Hopfauf abused him for a year and a half ending in September 2016, according to court documents.

Morton County officers interviewed the 19-year-old in January. Both victims said they were about 15 when Hopfauf allegedly began assaulting them.

Hopfauf told the Morton County Sheriff's Office he has a bad back and both boys helped him with cracking his back. He denied any sexual contact with them. He also reportedly said he would crack their backs.

Hopfauf's bond was set Tuesday at $5,000 cash. He is to not leave Burleigh, Grant, Morton or Sioux counties, nor have contact with the victims.

Reach Jack Dura at 701-250-8225 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.

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