Former ND hotel clerk sentenced for sexually assaulting runaway
MINOT, N.D. — A 24-year-old former hotel clerk will serve about three years in prison and 10 years of supervised probation for sexually assaulting a runaway 14-year-old girl at his hotel last year.
Mohammed Omer Siddiqui pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of sexual imposition, a Class B felony, in August.
Under the terms of a binding plea deal, Siddiqui was given a deferred imposition of sentence for 10 years of supervised probation with three years in prison. He must also undergo any recommended sex offender treatment and register as a sex offender.
At his sentencing hearing on Friday, Siddiqui said he was inexperienced. He said he did not know the girl's age and was devastated to find out how young she was. The girl told Siddiqui she was 17. Siddiqui said he is ashamed of his behavior.
"I'm extremely sorry for taking advantage of her when she needed my help," Siddiqui told Judge Richard Hagar.
According to court documents, the girl went to the Astoria Hotel early on the morning of Oct. 31, 2016. She had run away and was looking for a place where she could use the internet to find a ride and a place to stay with friends. She told authorities that Siddiqui offered to let her stay in a vacant room, but told her he would kick her out if she did not have sex with him. She initially refused, claimed that Siddiqui again entered the hotel room and threatened to make her leave if she wouldn't have sex. The girl told a detective that Siddiqui forced her to perform a sexual act.
Ward County Assistant State's Attorney Marie Miller told Hagar her office has contacted the girl's family and they are aware of the plea deal.