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Emily Welker, Published February 10 2014

Moorhead teen charged after allegedly groping, propositioning and flashing female classmates

MOORHEAD – A Moorhead teen faces several felony charges including false imprisonment, solicitation and forced sexual contact after allegedly groping, propositioning and flashing female classmates at the high school here.

Sulejman Sulejmani, 18, was charged Friday in Clay County District Court with six counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of false imprisonment and three counts of soliciting a child, all felonies. He is also charged with one count of misdemeanor fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct, a gross misdemeanor.

According to court documents filed with the three separate criminal cases charged against Sulejmani, a Moorhead DARE officer was contacted Jan. 28 by high school staff members who said one of the girls came forward to report that Sulejmani was touching her and other girls at the school.

One 14-year-old female student told the DARE officer that Sulejmani started harassing her in the fall.

She said Sulejmani first asked her to perform a sex act on him, which she refused to do. Sulejmani suggested she “try,” and when she tried to walk away, he grabbed her to restrain her until she was able to pull away.

The second time, she told the officer, Sulejmani grabbed her hand and wanted her to touch him. She tried to pull away, but he forced her hand down his pants, inside his underwear. She was again able to escape, she said.

The third time, Sulejmani asked her to perform the same sex act as the first time, and when she refused, he tried to force her head down to his crotch. At the time, Sulejmani’s pants were down around mid-thigh, the girl said, and he had no underwear on.

The girl told the officer they were in the ninth-grade stairwell all three times.

Another girl reported to the officer that on Jan. 21, Sulejmani heckled her in the stairways at school, telling her “come on, you know you want this,” and making explicit comments about her body parts, asking if he could touch them.

She repeatedly told him no, the girl told the officer, but Sulejmani grabbed her buttocks and would not let her go. She said she filled out an incident report with the school.

A third girl told the officer that on Jan. 27, after helping him get into his locker, Sulejmani asked her for the same sexual act, and asked if he could touch her breasts.

She said when she refused, he grabbed her by the arm and began “grinding” her, touching her breasts and other body parts.

Eventually, she said, some other boys came walking down the hallway, and Sulejmani let go of her, allowing her to pick up the painting she dropped in the struggle, and escape.

When the officer spoke with Sulejmani, he allegedly said he had grabbed and touched girls in the hallways at the school but didn’t know all their names.

Sulejmani told the officer he felt like he lost control of his behavior because he was still a virgin.

An arrest warrant for Sulejmani was issued Friday. His first court appearance has not yet been set.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541