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Brittany Lawonn, Published May 05 2008

Fargo man charged with raping autistic boy, 7

UPDATED 5:30 P.M. - FARGO - A judge on Monday set bail at $100,000 cash or bond for a Fargo man accused of raping a 7-year-old autistic boy.

Steven Conrad Niemcryk, 1536 27th Ave. S., is charged with two counts of Class AA felony gross sexual imposition for the incidents, which he said occurred in April.

According to Cass County District Court documents:

After being arrested at 3:15 a.m. Saturday Niemcryk, 26, told police he had been physically abusive to the boy several times over the past year when the child would not listen to him.

Niemcryk said he raped the boy on two occasions while babysitting him. He said he confessed because he couldn’t live with himself otherwise.

Niemcryk told East Central Judicial District Judge John Irby he didn’t want an attorney, but Irby appointed him one due to the serious nature of the charges.

Each count carries up to life without parole. Irby also ordered Niemcryk to have no contact with the boy.