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Another NDHP trooper charged with hot tub sexual assault

Former Sgt. Travis Skar is accused of sexually assaulting a woman under the water of a hot tub. Several troopers are listed as witnesses.

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Former North Dakota Highway Patrol Lt. Steven Johnson, left, and Sgt. Travis Skar (right).
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BISMARCK — Former North Dakota Highway Patrol Sgt. Travis Skar is being accused of sex assault, according to court documents.

The 40-year-old former trooper is accused of sexually assaulting a woman under the water of a hot tub at a home two years ago.

Court papers list other troopers as witnesses.

The court papers say the woman tried to push Skar's hand away after he started touching her without her permission. She gave another man a look, who then sat between Skar and the victim, but Skar moved to the other side of the woman, documents state.

She then left the hot tub.

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Skar allegedly apologized to the woman the following weekend when the group went to Sturgis.

Attempts to reach Skar for comment on this story were unsuccessful.

If convicted of the misdemeanor sexual assault charge, Skar could spend a year in jail.

In November 2021, charges were filed against Skar's commander, Lt. Steven Johnson. They were both based in the Bismarck office until their firings last year.

Johnson is listed as one of the witnesses to the alleged hot tub sexual assault. He was fired in November after a misdemeanor sexual assault charge was filed against him.

According to that criminal complaint, during a night of partying in a hot tub at Johnson's house around the time of Christmas 2020, Johnson allegedly groped a woman's breast while she slept.

Johnson's wife, Skar, and two other people were present at the home.

Johnson's lawyer said the allegation "reeks of revenge," since the victim went to police the same day Skar was fired, after Johnson reported Skar for allegedly having an affair while on duty.

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Johnson, who denies touching the woman, is also looking at a year in jail if convicted. His trial is scheduled for later this month.

The leader of the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Brandon Solberg, declined to comment.

Matt Henson is an Emmy award-winning reporter/photographer/editor for WDAY. Prior to joining WDAY in 2019, Matt was the main anchor at WDAZ in Grand Forks for four years. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended college at Lyndon State College in northern Vermont, where he was recognized twice nationally, including first place, by the National Academy for Arts and Science for television production. Matt enjoys being a voice for the little guy. He focuses on crimes and courts and investigative stories. Just as often, he shares tear-jerking stories and stories of accomplishment. Matt enjoys traveling to small towns across North Dakota and Minnesota to share their stories. He can be reached at mhenson@wday.com and at 610-639-9215. When he's not at work (rare) Matt resides in Moorhead and enjoys spending time with his daughter, golfing and attending Bison and Sioux games.
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