FARGO — A Fargo man who previously avoided jail after threatening to release a sexually explicit video of a teenage girl if she didn’t have sex with him is going to prison for 25 years after admitting to sexually assaulting a woman after asking her for a ride home.
Cass County Judge Tristan Van de Streek handed down the sentence to 21-year-old Daniel Arturo Samaniego. In January, a jury found Samaniego guilty of gross sexual imposition, a felony that carries a maximum punishment of life in prison.
Samaniego sexually assaulted a woman who gave him a ride home to his apartment on May 2, 2020, after a night of drinking, according to court documents. The woman was at a party in West Fargo attended by multiple people, including Samaniego.
Samaniego, who was drinking at the party, offered to pay the woman, who said she was sober, for a ride, court documents said.
As she drove, Samaniego tried to make the woman touch his penis, but the woman stopped him, court documents said.
Samaniego apologized, and when they arrived at his apartment in Fargo, he told the woman the money was in his room, according to court documents. After being convinced to go into the apartment, the woman was forced to perform oral sex on Samaniego, court documents said.
Samaniego paid the woman not to report what happened, but she reported the sexual assault to police on May 4, 2020, court documents said.
He previously pleaded guilty in 2020 to creating and possessing a "sexually expressive" image and harassment after recording his then-girlfriend in 2019 performing a sexual act without her consent. He told the then 16-year-old he would post the video online if she didn't have sex with him whenever he asked, according to court documents.
Samaniego was given a year of supervised probation.
The victims in both cases appear to be different people.
Once released from prison, Samaniego will have to register as a sex offender.