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Fargo man accused of trying to sexually assault girl in bookstore

A Fargo man is accused of trying to sexually assault a 10-year-old girl while she was shopping with her grandmother and sister in a bookstore here last month.

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FARGO – A Fargo man is accused of trying to sexually assault a 10-year-old girl while she was shopping with her grandmother and sister in a bookstore here last month.

An arrest warrant on Class B felony attempted gross sexual imposition charges was issued Wednesday for Tyler James Gaddis of Fargo.

Gaddis was at the Barnes and Noble bookstore, 1201 42nd St. S., on March 12 with his support specialist from Fraser Ltd., a company that provides services for at-risk young adults, according to court documents filed Wednesday in Cass County District Court.

The support specialist, Kalicia Lynn Miller, said she thought Gaddis went to use the men's restroom but found out from bookstore workers he instead approached a 10-year-old girl in the store.

Store workers called in the report to police, saying the girl's sister told them the 10-year-old had been sexually assaulted.

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The 10-year-old told police she was standing by herself looking at books when she noticed Gaddis, who's 19 or 20, standing close behind her.

Gaddis came up behind her, grabbed her waist with his left hand and pulled up her jacket, and then tried to touch her pelvic area, the girl told police.

She shoved him away and escaped before he succeeded, the girl told police.

The girl's grandmother, who was at the store with her granddaughters, initially did not want Gaddis prosecuted because he has some form of mental disability.

Fraser Ltd. officials would not provide details of Gaddis' disability to police, other than to confirm he has a mild intelligence disorder and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, citing federal health privacy rules.

Fargo police interviewed Gaddis, but the details of the police interview are not laid out in court records.

His first court appearance has not yet been set.

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