A Bismarck man due to get off probation Tuesday after nearly two years was instead back in court on charges that he sexually assaulted a woman.
Theodore Jenkins, 54, is accused of two counts of gross sexual imposition in connection with a June 24 incident in Bismarck. Jenkins offered to give a woman a ride to a North 23rd Street location but instead drove her to his residence, where he forced himself on her, a police affidavit alleges.
The woman was able to reach her phone and dial 911. Jenkins also is accused of interfering with that call by taking the phone, ending the call and throwing the phone across the room, the affidavit says.
Jenkins told Judge John Grinsteiner he was supposed to get off probation at 4 p.m. Tuesday, which was within a few minutes of the time he made his initial appearance. Court documents show he he was placed on probation in Burleigh County in 2016 for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Assistant State’s Attorney Mindy Anderson noted Jenkins’ record, which included convictions in several states, in requesting $50,000 bail. Grinsteiner set bail at that amount by cash or surety bond.
Both charges against Jenkins are Class AA felonies, which carry a maximum punishment of life in prison. He did not have a lawyer with him during his court appearance, and one is not listed in court documents.