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Forum staff reports, Published January 27 2011

Fargo man accused of sexual assault

Police say a Fargo man is accused of assaulting a girl under the age of 15 while she was staying at a local hotel for a birthday party.

Fargo police received the sexual assault report Tuesday afternoon at Sanford Medical Center.

Sgt. Mark Lykken said police learned through interviews that the victim’s mother, her female friend and their children, all from Fargo, had been staying at a local hotel Saturday to celebrate a child’s birthday party.

A mutual friend stopped by their room to visit. He left the room, and the next morning the girl told her mother she had been assaulted, Lykken said.

Michael George Arsenault, 51, was arrested on suspicion of gross sexual imposition at 10 p.m. Tuesday at Fargo police headquarters after investigators asked him to come to the police station to talk, Lykken said.

Arsenault was taken to the Cass County Jail.