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Emily Welker, Published October 18 2013

Horace man accused of assaulting girlfriend, claiming he found a sex tape of her online

FARGO – Cass County prosecutors have charged a Horace man with domestic assault after he allegedly beat up and slashed his girlfriend after claiming to have found a sex tape of her online.

Brent Scott Clark, 34, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Cass County District Court to a Class B misdemeanor charge of domestic violence. He has yet to be arraigned on an accompanying charge of aggravated domestic assault filed against him Tuesday.

According to court documents, Cass County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Thompson was dispatched Monday about 8:19 p.m. on a report of a domestic assault at 38 Sheyenne Trailer Court in Horace.

The dispatcher said the caller had been hit in the nose by her boyfriend, Clark. She said Clark would not let her back into their home, so she would wait to meet the deputy at a nearby convenience store.

At the convenience store, the deputy found the woman with a bandage covering a 4-inch gash on her wrist, and holding a cloth to her bleeding nose. She told the deputy she did not need medical attention.

She went on to say when she got home about 5 that night, Clark screamed and yelled at her, accusing her of being in a sex tape he found online.

The woman told the deputy she tried to convince her boyfriend there was no sex tape. At one point, Clark followed her into the bathroom, and held her there for about a half hour, saying he wouldn’t let her leave until she admitted it.

The woman told the deputy Clark had said he would kill her if she didn’t admit to being in a sex tape. When someone knocked on the front door and Clark went to answer it, she escaped.

Prosecutor Cherie Clark said it appears Clark was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the assaults. “He saw messages in the pots and pans telling him she had been in a sex tape,” Cherie Clark said. “And there was no sex tape.”

Brent Clark’s next court appearance has been set for Nov. 14. A voice message left for his attorney was not returned.

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Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541