BISMARCK-- A Burleigh County jury on Thursday found a Bismarck man guilty of molesting a young girl during incidents two years ago in a shed at his residence and in a camper parked on his property.

Russell Walbert, 64, now faces the possibility of a 20-year sentence on each of four counts of gross sexual imposition. Walbert was charged this summer with molesting a girl younger than 10 in alleged incidents in 2017. He has been held in the Burleigh Morton Detention Center since being charged.

The next step in the case is a mandatory presentence investigation that will include a sex offender risk assessment. Sentencing will be scheduled after the investigation. Walbert is being held without bail.

Prosecutors in Morton County last week filed two charges of gross sexual imposition against Walbert for alleged incidents involving another girl from 2001 to 2004. A Dec. 16 preliminary hearing is set in that case.

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