FARGO — A Fargo man a jury found guilty of sexually assaulting a teenage girl who became pregnant said during his sentencing hearing that he will continue his fight to prove his innocence.

Cass County Judge John Irby sentenced Mackenzy Bazile, 24, on Monday, Sept. 20, to 90 days in jail for gross sexual imposition. He was taken into custody after the hearing to serve his time. The defense requested Bazile to report to jail on Oct. 15.

A jury in April found Bazile guilty of the Class A felony charge that alleged he sexually assaulted a girl he knew on July 28, 2017. The girl was 13 years old at the time and he was 20. The girl and her family later reported to police that she became pregnant from being raped.

A DNA test showed Bazile was most likely the father.

Prosecutor Ryan Younggren recommended 10 years in prison, noting the defendant has not taken responsibility for his actions.

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“He still claims his innocence in this case, that that child is not his,” Younggren said. “That makes it very, very difficult for the victim in this case.”

The victim is left to care for the child, which has altered her life, the prosecutor said. She was not present at the hearing since she lives in a “distant state."

Bazile claimed he did not commit the crime. He, his parents, his girlfriend and a friend took the stand during the Monday sentencing hearing to ask the judge to spare him prison time.

“And as for punishment, your honor, if you have to sentence me, I understand,” he said. “It is your job.”

His attorney, Tyler Marrow, asked for community service, probation and treatment instead of prison time. The victim made that request as well, Marrow said, adding she wouldn’t get child support from Bazile if he was sitting in prison.

Bazile will have to register as a sex offender, and he will likely be dishonorably discharged from the Army National Guard, Marrow said.

Bazile said he has lived an honorable life and has committed no crime before being prosecuted.

“And as much as no one wants to hear it, or the state might not want to hear it, I’m going to fight my fight,” he said. “I’m going to keep fighting.”