MOORHEAD — A North Dakota State University administrator accused of sexually assaulting an underage teen in two counties is scheduled to go to trial next week in Moorhead, but it’s possible that could be delayed.
Enrollment Management Administrative Systems Director Viet Q. Doan, 44, appeared Thursday, Aug. 8, in Clay County District Court on a fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charge filed Jan. 11. The child in the case was sleeping on a couch the week before Thanksgiving in a Moorhead home when she awoke to Doan allegedly rubbing her inappropriately, according to the complaint.
She also told Moorhead Police about a similar instance in Bismarck, alleging Doan fondled her while she slept on Nov. 21, court documents said. At times, he reached under her clothes, prosecutors alleged.
Investigators alerted the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Office to the alleged interaction in Bismarck. Doan is slated to go to trial Nov. 20 in Burleigh County District Court on two Class C felony charges of sexual assault in relation to the North Dakota allegations.
A settlement in the Minnesota case had not been reached as of Thursday, and his trial in Moorhead is set to begin Tuesday, Aug. 13. Doan’s attorney, Jay Greenwood, said he has another trial for a different client in Cass County next week. Clay County Chief Assistant Attorney Pamela Foss also said she has trials scheduled next week, but it’s possible those will be resolved.
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Judge Michelle Lawson, who called the charges serious, denied Greenwood’s request to reschedule the trial but said he could apply for a continuance with Judge Michael Fritz, who is set to preside over the trial. Greenwood told The Forum he plans to prepare for both trials.
He declined to comment further on the case.
Doan has been an employee with NDSU since 2005 and oversees the Administrative Systems Department. The university put him on paid administrative leave May 9, a day after the North Dakota charges were filed.
NDSU was aware of the Clay County charges before the Burleigh County complaint was filed, but Doan was "placed on a work-from-home arrangement," a spokeswoman said.
Doan also is the director for NDSU’s One Stop, an information center for financial aid, scholarships, records and other student services, according to the university’s website.
His photo and other information about him has been removed from the NDSU website. The university confirmed Doan still is on administrative leave.