A 44-year-old Bismarck man is charged with sex crimes involving a then 4-year-old girl.

Michael Pickell waived his preliminary hearing on a felony GSI charge in South Central District Court on Monday.

Pickell allegedly touched the girl’s genitals over her clothing on multiple occasions between 2014 and 2015. As a 7-year-old, the girl reported the crimes to her guardians.

The girl also disclosed the alleged sexual abuse during an interview at the Child Advocacy Center on Oct. 18, 2018.

According to court documents, Pickell denies any illegal sexual contact.

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