Published December 07 2010
National Guardsman accused of sexual assault at Fargo hotel
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 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.
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.
Dahly did not return a message left for him at the jail Monday morning.
Capt. Dan Murphy, public affairs officer for the North Dakota National Guard, said leadership 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, Murphy said.
As a policy, the Guard pays for hotel rooms for members who live 50 miles or more away from where they’re drilling, he 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.
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