North Dakota Cop Gets 90 Days in Jail For Sexually Assaulting Teen

Former Beulah Lead Police Officer Dustin Pekas leaves the Morton County Courthouse in Mandan in December after a motion hearing. Pekas was initially charged with felony sexual assault.

North Dakota – South Central District Judge Bruce Romanick has sentenced former Beulah Lead Police Officer Dustin Pekas for sexual assault.

Pekas, 36, had been set for trial last week in Stanton but changed his plea Friday. Romanick sentenced him to 90 days in jail with two years unsupervised probation and $325 in court fees paid from his bond, among other conditions.

Pekas’ sentence includes a deferred imposition, meaning if he completes the aforementioned conditions, the crime will be struck from his record after review.

He was initially charged with a felony but the case closed as a misdemeanor.

In an interview last fall with state Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents, Pekas reportedly admitted to sexual contact with a teenager. Beulah Police Chief Frank Senn fired Pekas, and the North Dakota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board revoked his peace officer’s license.

Pekas is jailed at the Mercer County Detention Center.