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Published November 27 2012

Fargo man gets 14 years for sexual acts with young girls

FARGO – With the mother of two of his victims sitting in the courtroom, a 22-year-old Fargo man was sentenced to 14 years in prison Tuesday for engaging in sexual acts with three girls ages 7 to 9.

Frederick Wayne Archdale pleaded guilty in August in Cass County District Court to three counts of Class A felony gross sexual imposition, each punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

A Class AA charge carrying a potential life sentence was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Archdale entered Alford pleas, meaning he didn’t admit guilt but acknowledged there was enough evidence to convict him.

In court Tuesday, he sat attentively and frequently stared at Assistant State’s Attorney Ryan Younggren as he argued for a 30-year prison term of three consecutive 10-year sentences, one for each victim.

“We’re talking about penetration-type offenses, and we’re talking about them repeatedly,” Younggren said.

The alleged crimes took place between February 2011 and Jan. 26, 2012, and Archdale was acquainted with all three victims.

Referring to the mother sitting behind him, Younggren said, “She walked in while the defendant was in the middle of molesting one of her children.”

Defense attorney Patrick O’Day noted Archdale had no significant criminal history, that his pleas saved the court and victims from a difficult trial and that the pre-sentencing statements received by the court were supportive of Archdale.

O’Day argued for a six-year prison sentence, saying it would give Archdale time to complete sex offender treatment and alcohol treatment.

“I think the bottom line is he needs help,” he said.

Judge Douglas Herman sentenced Archdale to three 14-year prison terms, which will run concurrently, and to undergo sex offender and chemical dependency treatment.

Archdale received credit for 305 days in jail.

Following his release from prison, Archdale will be on probation for 10 years and must register as a sex offender and have no contact with the victims.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528