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Bismarck man in custody faces new sex charges

Bismarck man in custody faces new sex charges

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A Bismarck man in custody and set to be tried next week for alleged sex crimes in Burleigh County faces new accusations in Morton County, court documents show.

An arrest warrant was issued in Morton County on Thursday for Russell Walbert, 64. He is accused of inappropriately touching a girl in several incidents from 2001 to 2004, when the girl was 4 and 5 years old, according to a police affidavit.

Walbert in July was charged in Burleigh County with four counts of gross sexual imposition. He was accused of inappropriately touching a girl in several incidents in 2017, when she was 8 and 9 years old.

He is being held in the Burleigh Morton Detention Center in lieu of $25,000 bail on the Burleigh County charges. The trial in that case is scheduled to start Tuesday. No attorney is listed for him in the Morton County case.

Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or Travis.Svihovec@bismarcktribune.com

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