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Forum staff reports, Published December 27 2013

Dilworth sex offender sentenced for molesting child

MOORHEAD – A convicted sex offender, already serving prison time in another case, was sentenced Friday to three more years behind bars for molesting a 3-year-old girl.

Robert Hersrud, 29, Dilworth, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct were dismissed as part of a plea deal.

Court documents alleged that in 2010, Hersrud sexually abused the girl several times.

In 2005, Hersrud admitted to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl at the Moorhead Sports Center, a guilty plea that brought up to 15 years of supervised probation but no prison time.

Five years after that case was settled, he was accused of having sexual contact with an underage boy multiple times while still on probation.

For that offense, he was ordered in 2012 to serve 12 years in prison, a sentence he must complete in addition to the three-year term he received Friday.