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William John Earles

Moorhead man could face life in prison after sex-abuse plea

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MOORHEAD - A 52-year-old Moorhead man could face a lifetime prison term after he pleaded guilty Wednesday to raping a 16-year-old girl and threatening to expose a nude photo of her unless she let him perform a sexual act on her.


At a plea hearing in Clay County District Court, William John Earles pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, which, given his background as a registered sex offender, carries a sentence of life in prison.

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