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Published July 31, 2013, 08:55 PM

Grand Forks man charged with sexual assault

A Grand Forks man faces sexual assault charges after police say he admitted to fondling a married friend while she slept.

A Grand Forks man faces sexual assault charges after police say he admitted to fondling a married friend while she slept. 26-year-old Joseph Lee Tilbury is slated to go to trial in state district court in October. According to an investigator's affidavit, a Grand Forks woman said she woke up on her couch and discovered Tilbury had been touching her private parts inside her clothes. Tilbury told police he texted an apology to the woman afterward, telling her he "didn't know what had come over him" but that he had fallen in love with her and that "love took over that night." If convicted, Tilbury faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

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