Man sentenced for having sex with 17-year-old

A 32-year-old Minot man will serve 180 days in jail for having sex with a runaway 17-year-old girl in December 2017 and plying her with alcohol.

Jeremy Lee Hull pleaded guilty to harboring a runaway minor and to corruption of a minor, both Class A misdemeanors, in district court in Minot on Wednesday.

Judge Gary Lee sentenced him to 360 days for each charge, with a requirement that he serve 180 days. He will receive credit for 71 days already served in jail and for 10 days of good time. He will be on supervised probation for two years, must register as a sex offender and complete sex offender treatment.

The girl, who has since turned 18, does not want a no contact order, according to Ward County Assistant State’s Attorney Caitlyn Pierson, but Lee still ordered Hull to have no contact with the girl for the next two years.

According to statements Pierson made in court, the 17-year-old girl ran away from her home in Bottineau County in mid-December. She was found staying with Hull in his room at the My Place Hotel in Minot on Dec. 18, 2017. The girl jumped out a window when police arrived. Police found alcohol in the room and the girl later acknowledged that she had sex with Hull while she was missing.

Hull has also been charged with harboring a runaway minor, a Class A misdemeanor, in district court in Bottineau County.

– Andrea Johnson