A former male student at Davies High School in Fargo who was accused of sexually assaulting a female classmate in a school hallway in March has pleaded guilty to reduced charges and been sentenced to time already served in jail and about a year of probation.
Borris Dahn, 18, pleaded guilty on Monday to unlawful imprisonment and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors. Prosecutors dropped a felony restraint charge and misdemeanor charges of sexual assault and simple assault.
School video surveillance cameras appear to show Dahn slapping the girl in the face and buttocks, putting her on the floor and restraining her with her head between his legs. Police say the girl had previously been suspended for directing a racial slur at Dahn and that she had been accused of taking his coat and hat.
"Mr. Dahn was kicked in the privates; he spoke in a way he regrets," defense attorney Charlie Sheeley said in court, according to The Forum. "Things like this are often kept in school rather than in the criminal justice system."
Dahn, who spent 10 days in jail after the incident, told Judge Wick Corwin that he and the girl had a brief romantic involvement before the altercation but that he had never been physical with her. He said he is not a violent person and was "at the wrong place at the wrong time," according to The Forum and KFGO radio. He said he was expelled from school following the incident and has struggled to find work and a place to live.
"I learned my lesson," he said.
Cass County prosecutors asked for 1 ½ years of supervised probation. Corwin decided on 360 days — or just under a year — of unsupervised probation.
"I can't imagine someone going through what you've gone through without learning something," he told Dahn, according to The Forum.