Prosecutors dismissed sexual abuse charges against a Bismarck man accused of driving to South Dakota to have sex with a 16-year-old girl.
Burleigh County Assistant State’s Attorney Marjorie Kohls, in a motion filed Monday, requested Class C felony charges of luring a minor by computer, possession of certain materials prohibited and promoting obscenity to minors be dismissed in the case of Quentin Doerr. Doerr was sentenced to five years in prison on federal charges stemming from the same incident, she wrote.
Doerr, 41, was charged in January 2012 in Burleigh County. He had pleaded not guilty and was scheduled to stand trial on the charges on Wednesday. South Central District Judge Donald Jorgensen dismissed the charges on Tuesday.
According to an affidavit from Bismarck Police Det. Scott Betz, the Spink County (S.D.) Sheriff's Department informed the Bismarck Police Department of an investigation involving Doerr's contact with a 16-year-old girl in Redfield, S.D.
Betz interviewed Doerr, who said he met the girl online, knew she was 16 and talked to her about having sex. Doerr admitted to driving to South Dakota and having sex with the girl, the affidavit said.
Betz wrote he conducted a search warrant and found a picture of a nude body part on Doerr's cellphone, which Doerr allegedly sent to the girl, and found photographs constituting child pornography on Doerr's computer.
According to a release from the office of U.S. Attorney for South Dakota, Doerr was indicted by a federal grand jury in South Dakota for production of child pornography in August 2012. He pleaded guilty to transportation of child pornography on April 23. U.S. District Judge Charles Kornmann sentenced Doerr on Aug. 23 to five years in prison, to be followed by five years of probation.
Kornmann ordered that the sentence run at the same time as any sentence imposed in North Dakota.