A Grand Forks man arrested Wednesday is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl.
Warren James Wilkinson, 49, could face up to life in prison without parole if convicted of gross sexual imposition. The class AA felony holds a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison.
An affidavit for Wilkinson's arrest said a 14-year-old girl told police he had been "engaging in sexual acts with her." The girl, referred to only as Jane Doe, had an audio recording from Sunday, April 28, at 9:05 p.m. that allegedly contained a conversation between her and Wilkinson. The affidavit said the recording also includes an incriminating act.
According to the affidavit, Wilkinson admitted he was in his car with Doe and it was him on the audio recording. He denied sexual acts occurred, but the affidavit said he agreed the discussion was inappropriate.
Wilkinson told police he touched Doe and asked her for nude photographs about one or two months ago even though he knew Doe was 14, the affidavit said.
He appeared in Grand Forks County District Court via video conference from the correctional center Thursday morning. Wilkinson is being held on a $500,000 bond based on the seriousness of the allegations and the risk he could pose to the community.
He is scheduled to enter a plea June 3.