Man accused of sexually assaulting, beating girl

James Massey III could face life in prison if convicted.

James Massey III
Cass County Jail
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FARGO — A Hunter, North Dakota, man has been accused of sexually assaulting and beating a young girl.

James Alfonso Massey III, 41, faces life in prison if convicted of gross sexual imposition, a charge filed Monday, Oct. 3, in Cass County District Court. He also faces one felony count of child abuse.

The charges stem from accusations that Massey sexually abused a child he knew on Friday. Massey allegedly slapped the girl, causing two nosebleeds, a cut to the girl’s lip and coloring under her eyes, according to a criminal complaint. The man also pulled a chunk of hair from the girl’s head, the complaint said.

The girl was forced to perform oral sex on Massey, court documents alleged. If she didn’t, he threatened to “do something worse to her,” the complaint said.

Massey claimed the girl lied about the allegations and that he didn’t know how she got her injuries, the complaint said.


He remains in custody at the Cass County Jail. His attorney, Nicole Bredahl, said it's too early to comment on the case.

"We look forward to reviewing the evidence and assisting Mr. Massey," she said.

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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