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Published September 02, 2010, 05:12 PM

EGF Man Charged With Having Sex With Girl

An East Grand Forks man is facing 5 counts of criminal sexual conduct charges after authorities say he had sexual contact with a girl starting when she was 8-years-old.

An East Grand Forks man is facing 5 counts of criminal sexual conduct charges after authorities say he had sexual contact with a girl starting when she was 8-years-old.

40-year-old Paulino Bernal faces two counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct and three counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct. The criminal complaint says Bernal had sex with the girl when she was just 11-years-old and that the sexual abuse continued for several years. Bernal could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted. His bond was set at $200,000.

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