A Grand Forks man accused of sexually assaulting a child appeared in court Tuesday morning.

Derek James Mortrud, 32, will be held on $25,000 bond. An affidavit for his arrest was issued March 8, but Mortrud was not arrested until Monday. He appeared on the Grand Forks Police Department's most wanted list Friday.

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An affidavit for his arrest said allegations of sexual assault were brought forward by another child, referred to as Joe Doe, who confided in an elementary school counselor that Mortrud had molested a girl he knew during 2017. The court document said the counselor reported the Dec. 19, 2017 admission to police immediately and investigators interviewed the girl, who is referred to as Jane Doe in official documents, the next day.

The affidavit said Jane Doe, who is younger than 15, told investigators Mortrud had assaulted her about four months earlier.

The affidavit said Joe Doe told investigators Mortrud "basically raped (Jane Doe)" and "he should go to jail."

Mortrud is scheduled to enter a plea April 22. If convicted of gross sexual imposition he could spend up to 20 years behind bars, pay a $20,000 fine and face sex offender registration requirements.