A Bismarck man convicted of charges including soliciting a minor was sentenced Friday to a total of four years in prison, which reflects some credit for time served.
Richard Scott, 48, was charged in March 2018. A jury last spring convicted him after about three hours of deliberations.
The girl's mother testified at his sentencing, saying her daughter suffers from night terrors and sleepwalking and no longer trusts adult males.
Defense attorney Scott Rose said his client has long struggled with alcoholism and that it's possible he “was so intoxicated he may not have known what he was doing” at the time of the incident.
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Scott said he’s been a good father to his children, even while incarcerated, continues to battle alcoholism and has made positive changes in his life.
The sentence handed down by South Central District Judge John Grinsteiner included five years of probation on one count and three years on another.
“What cannot be lost here is the victim,” Grinsteiner said.
Rose said after the hearing that the case is “a sad story all around” and he plans to appeal.