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A Bismarck man has been charged with multiple child sexual abuse charges involving children on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

Owen Cordell Smith, 28, was charged by an indictment returned on Dec. 5 with three counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child younger than 12, one count of abusive sexual contact of a child younger than 12, and two counts of abusive sexual contact of a children from 12 to 16 years of age.

Between May 2011 and May 2015, Smith, who is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation at Window Rock, Ariz., engaged in sexual acts with three minor girls on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, according to the indictment.

Smith had an initial appearance and arraignment in Bismarck's federal court on Thursday.

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(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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