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North Dakota woman charged with sex crime

COOPERSTOWN, N.D. -- A woman was charged with a sex crime after a teen almost a third her age told investigators she coerced him into having sex with her.

Elizabeth Ann Berge, 48, of Cooperstown was charged in state district court here with corruption or solicitation of a minor, a class C felony, after she allegedly admitted to investigators she had sex with a then 17-year-old boy in October, according to the affidavit of probable cause, an investigative report filed with the courts.

Deputies spoke with the boy in December, who reportedly told them Berge had unbuckled his belt and rubbed his thigh before, according to the affidavit. He also reportedly told deputies Berge took him into her bedroom and coerced him into having sex with her, the affidavit said.

The boy told deputies he had told Berge "no" and that "he did not feel right about it," the affidavit said.

An agent with the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation questioned Berge later that month, during which Berge allegedly admitted to having sex with him, the affidavit said.

Berge is scheduled to make her first court appearance on the charges at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 24.

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