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Forum staff reports, Published June 23 2010

Man accused of rape on Fargo bike trail

A 23-year-old man was charged Tuesday in Cass County District Court with gross sexual imposition, accused of having sex with a passed-out woman on a Fargo bike trail on Monday afternoon.

Police were called at 1:53 p.m. on a report of a couple having sex along the trail north of Lindenwood Park, said Lt. Pat Claus.

When officers arrived on the scene, the man was trying to put the woman’s clothes back on her, Claus said. It appeared that the pair, who had been drinking, had consensual sex at first, but police believe the suspect didn’t stop having sex with the woman after she lost consciousness, he said.

Police arrested Benjamin Butzer Veerkamp, who has no listed address, on Monday, Claus said. Veerkamp was charged Tuesday with Class A felony gross sexual imposition, and with fornication, which is a misdemeanor.