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Forum staff reports, Published September 26 2012

Suspect bails out in Moorhead sexual assault case

MOORHEAD – A Fargo man accused of punching and sexually assaulting a woman in her car in a downtown parking lot here posted bail Wednesday after making his first court appearance in Clay County District Court.

According to a Clay County Jail official, Richard Haaland Jr., 46, posted his $100,000 bail at about 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

This bail amount includes conditions, such as Halaand needing to remain in the Minnesota and North Dakota area, the jail official said.

Haaland is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with the Sept. 6 incident. He was arrested late Friday when authorities executed a search warrant at his north Fargo residence.

Moorhead police said tips from the public in response to the release of surveillance video footage were instrumental in identifying Haaland as a suspect.

Meanwhile, friends of the woman have started an online support page and are accepting donations to help her pay medical bills. The group aims to raise $10,000.

For more information or to donate, log on to www.gofundme.com/supports