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Jamestown woman charged with sex crimes

Trisha Bliss

A Jamestown woman faces multiple felony charges related to engaging in sexual acts with minors.

Trisha Lynn Bliss, 26, 518 9th Ave. SE, waived a preliminary hearing during an initial appearance on Jan. 2, before Judge John Greenwood. She was bound over for trial on two counts of gross sexual imposition, Class AA felonies, and corruption of a minor, a Class C felony.

A Class AA felony is punishable by life in prison without parole. A Class C felony is punishable by five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Bliss is accused of engaging in a sexual act with a minor under the age of 15 in two incidents and engaging in a sexual act with another minor 15 or older. The incidents are alleged to have occurred between Sept. 17 and Oct. 22.

An officer field incident report filed by the Jamestown Police Department in support of the charges indicates Bliss allegedly met at least some of the minors through a phone application called SKOUT. The website said the app is designed to make meeting people easier. It also said the app has two different “communities” for teens and adults but warns individuals that it is always their (his or her) responsibility to determine who they (he or she) contacts.

Bliss was released on a personal recognizance bond after the Jan. 2, hearing. She is prohibited from having contact with anyone under the age of 18 and has a curfew requiring her to be at her home from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. except for court appearances and meetings with her attorney.

A trial date has not been scheduled.

Sun reporter Keith Norman can be reached at 701-952-8452 or by email at