Todd Behm, Minot, to go to trial on contributing to delinquency of a minor charge

Todd Behm, 48, Minot, will go to trial Oct. 14 on a charge that he hosted a party at his home on March 23 where minors drank and used marijuana and other drugs were present.

Behm is charged in district court in Minot with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class A misdemeanor, as well as Class A misdemeanor possession of cocaine, Class A misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine, Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

Defense attorney Robert Ackre told Judge Richard Hagar on Wednesday that he has not had a chance to review lab results with his client and they might want to conduct some investigation into the charges.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court, the Ward County Sheriff’s Department responded to Behm’s residence at 3808 Highway 2 West after they received a report of a loud party. There were a number of cars parked in the driveway and deputies smelled marijuana and could see minors inside listening to music and playing games through the windows. One deputy knocked on the door and Behm answered. He advised Behm of the complaint and then left. After they left, the deputies applied for a search warrant. They later returned to the residence at 5:20 a.m. When they returned, they saw two males outside smoking marijuana. The males ran into the house. Deputies entered the residence. Some 18 males and females were standing in the living room listening to music. They were detained. Two females were found hiding in the utility room. A total of 30 people were detained. The youngest of the people at the party was a 15-year-old girl. Two of the minors had breath alcohol content tests over the legal limit. An officer entered a room in the basement that had been set up as a recording studio and found a pile of marijuana.The search of the basement also turned up multiple pipes, cigar rolling papers, plastic and glass smoking pipes and marijuana residue in two bedrooms in the basement.

There were more marijuana grinders and smoking devices in both downstairs bathrooms. There were several open bottles of alcohol and beer on the bar in the main room.

In the upstairs master bathroom, the search turned up a straw with suspected drug residue, a razor blade with residue, two glass smoking devices with burned marijuana residue, and a small baggie with white powder residue. There was also white powder residue on the tile surface of the bathroom sink. There were also multiple baggies in the drawers under the sink.

According to the affidavit, there was a camera mounted on the wall above the tub in the master bathroom. The camera was pointed toward the shower on the other side of the bathroom. Another camera was mounted on the bedroom wall pointing toward the foot of the bed. Another camera was mounted in the walk-in closet of the master bathroom. The search also turned up a baggie with suspected crystal meth in a sock drawer of the walk in master closet. There was also a digital scale on the floor of the walk in closet.

In a bedroom belonging to Ethan Behm, police found multiple burned marijuana cigarettes on the night stand and computer desk. The search also turned up a glass marijuana smoking pipe and several glass Mason jars with marijuana residue.

Chance Braun and a 16-year-old boy were found hiding in a crawl space four hours later.

Ethan Behm, 18, pleaded guilty on June 19 to possession of marijuana and received a deferred imposition of sentence. Braun, 20, pleaded guilty to Class A misdemeanor physical obstruction of a government function on June 19 and also received a deferred sentence. The charges will be dismissed for both Ethan Behm and Braun if they successfully complete the terms of probation.


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