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A Bismarck man accused of inappropriately touching a girl pleaded not guilty Monday to four counts of gross sexual imposition.

Russell Walbert, 64, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and entered the pleas before South Central District Judge Daniel Borgen.

Walbert in early July was accused of molesting a girl in two separate incidents. They allegedly took place in a shed at his residence and in a camper parked on his property, a police affidavit stated. The girl told police Walbert had touched her on several occasions in 2017 and described two of the incidents in detail, according to the affidavit.

Borgen denied a request by Walbert’s attorney, Kent Morrow, to modify a $25,000 cash or surety bond. Walbert is being held in the Burleigh Morton Detention Center.

Walbert's trial is set for Nov. 19 and 20. A conviction would carry the possibility of 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine on each count.

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

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