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Associated Press, Published January 27 2013

ND man pleads guilty to sexual abuse charge

BISMARCK — A North Dakota man has pleaded guilty in federal court to a sexual abuse charge.

Nodin Azure, of Belcourt, is accused of having sex with the victim while she was asleep. The incident happened in May 2011.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for May 20.

Azure also is accused of trying to buy a gun while he was out on release for the sexual abuse charge. Authorities say he lied about his criminal record on the application to buy a weapon.

The plea agreement calls for prosecutors to drop the second charge.