MINOT, N.D. — A Minot man has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old runaway girl while working as a hotel clerk.

Authorities say the girl had run away from the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch and went to the Astoria Hotel last Halloween to use the internet. Twenty-four-year-old Mohammed Siddiqui allegedly offered to let her stay in a vacant room and then sexually assaulted her.

The Minot Daily News reports Siddiqui is scheduled for trial Sept. 12. He could face up to life in prison if convicted.


Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com