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Published October 15 2010

Man facing rape charge makes court appearance

A 29-year-old Fargo man accused of raping a woman after an after-bar party at her home late last year made an initial appearance in court on Thursday.

Bail was set at $5,000 cash for Nathan Malaterre, who is charged in Cass County District Court with gross sexual imposition.

The alleged victim told police she had been drinking with friends on Dec. 27 at a local bar before returning to her home with a group of people to drink until about 5:45 a.m.

She claimed she woke up in her bed to find a man having sex with her and told officers her boyfriend kicked the suspect out of the residence. They identified the man as Malaterre.

When question by police, Malaterre declined having any sexual contact with the woman, but lab tests allegedly show her DNA was found on him.