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Fargo man accused of molesting 12-year-old girl

Christopher Wayne Selfridge

A 22-year-old Fargo man is accused in Clay County District Court of repeatedly sexually molesting a 12-year-old girl.

Christopher Wayne Selfridge was arrested early Tuesday in Fargo on a first-degree criminal sexual conduct warrant filed in connection with the incidents, alleged to have occurred between October and December of last year.

Selfridge is scheduled to appear in Cass County District Court this morning regarding extradition to Clay County to face the felony charge.

A warrant for his arrest was filed Monday after the girl, now 13, talked to Moorhead police, according to court documents that detail the case:

The girl told police that the molestation began the first night that Selfridge came to live with her and her mother and happened almost every night thereafter.

She told police when Selfridge would come into her room at night and molest her she would pretend to be asleep hoping that he would go away.

The girl told her mother and her aunt about what was happening and her mother then confronted Selfridge, who denied touching the girl.

When the mother told him to move out, Selfridge put three belts together and said he was going to hang himself, telling the girl, "I'm sorry for everything I did to you."

He eventually left the home after the mother said she was going to call police.

The felony charge carries up to 30 years in prison.