A Bismarck man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl and giving her a venereal disease will go to trial in February.
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Paxton Heywood, 21, on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to gross sexual imposition. South Central District Judge Pamela Nesvig set a trial date of Feb. 26, 2020.
An adult family member met with police in February after the girl’s diagnosis. The charges against Heywood stem from an investigation that included a forensic interview, according to a police affidavit.
Court documents show several cases pending against Heywood, including an open felony drug case in McLean County, a 2016 aggravated assault charge in Burleigh County, misdemeanor drug charges in Burleigh County and a misdemeanor assault charge in McLean County. He is in the custody of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
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