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Bryton Schenfisch

Bryton Schenfisch

A Garrison man who police say had sex with a drunk teenager pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony gross sexual imposition.

South Central District Judge John Grinsteiner accepted the plea of Bryton Schenfisch, 20, and ordered a presentence investigation.

Schenfisch was arrested in July. He allegedly left a party with a girl who later told police she had consumed alcohol at the party, was intoxicated and had difficulty remembering all the events of the night. She said Schenfisch told her the next day through Snapchat messages that they had sex.

Defense attorney Matthew Arthurs said Schenfisch showed by entering the plea that he wants to take responsibility.

“He doesn’t want to hurt anybody else or the victim by having a trial,” Arthurs said.

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Assistant Burleigh County State’s Attorney Marina Spahr said Schenfisch at first denied any sexual contact but later admitted it.

“He knew he had sex with someone who was incapable of consent,” Spahr said.

The prosecutor said she has discussed the terms of a possible plea agreement with the victim.

Gross sexual imposition is a felony punishable by as much as 20 years in prison. Schenfisch remains in the Burleigh Morton Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.

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

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