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Published December 06 2010

UPDATED: Bismarck man, specialist with North Dakota Army National Guard, arrested in connection with sexual assault at Fargo motel

FARGO – Police arrested a North Dakota Army National Guard member from Bismarck in connection with a reported sexual assault on a fellow Guard member at a Fargo motel Sunday.

Scott Allan Dahly, 25, was arrested on suspicion of gross sexual imposition, Fargo Police Sgt. Mark Lykken said.

Police received a call about the assault from the Essentia Health emergency room at 11:08 a.m. Sunday.

It reportedly happened earlier that night at the Kelly Inn at 3800 Main Ave.

Lykken said the victim, a 24-year-old woman from Minnesota, was in town for Guard drill and was staying at the motel.

Dahly also was staying at the motel.

The victim was in her room when Dahly allegedly came to her room and she let him in, Lykken said. Dahly allegedly forced himself onto the victim and sexually assaulted her, he said.

“It appears alcohol played a factor on the suspect’s part but not the victim’s,” Lykken said.

The victim reported the assault, and Dahly was arrested and booked into the Cass County Jail at 4:18 p.m. Sunday.

A message left for Dahly at the jail this morning was not immediately returned.

Capt. Dan Murphy, public affairs officer for the North Dakota National Guard, said senior leadership in Bismarck is in contact with Fargo police about the matter.

“The investigation is ongoing, but I want to emphasize the fact that the North Dakota National Guard is really cooperating completely in the investigation,” he said.

When the civilian investigation is completed, the Guard’s command will decide what if any military action should be taken against the soldier, he said.

Dahly has served in the North Dakota National Guard for eight years and is currently ranked an E-4 specialist, Murphy said.

Dahly recently served overseas in Kosovo, returning in July. He’s a member of the Fargo-based 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, which was drilling this past weekend.

As a policy, the Guard pays for hotel rooms for members who live 50 miles or more away from where they’re drilling, Murphy said.

According to the police dispatch log, after the initial assault report, the dispatch center received three subsequent calls about the assault – one requesting a rape kit to be picked up, one relating to a pillowcase as evidence and the other about a female crime scene investigator needed to take pictures.