Coby Edwards, Berthold, found guilty of sexual abuse of young child

It took a jury less than an hour on Thursday to convict Coby John Edwards, 27, Berthold of sexually abusing a little girl between 2016 and 2018.

Edwards could face up to life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced.

Judge Doug Mattson ordered Edwards held without bond and ordered a pre-sentence investigation and a sex offender evaluation prior to the sentencing. The sentencing date has not yet been set.

Edwards went to trial on the charge on Tuesday in district court in Minot.

During the trial, the 6-year-old victim testified that Edwards had touched her in her lower parts. A video was played in the courtroom of a forensic interview done of the girl at the Northern Plains Children’s Advocacy Center in February 2018, when she was 5-years-old. The girl told the interviewer that Edwards had “wiggled” with her on a bed and it hurt. She said he did this multiple times.

The defense argued that Edwards was innocent of the charge and the girl had been coached by the prosecution, but the jury did not buy the argument.