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Man gets 10 years for sex crimes

Dickinson's Jeffrey Allen Kjos, 40, was sentenced to 10 years with the North Dakota Department of Correction on Monday for charges involving sexually related acts with children.

Kjos pleaded guilty to all five charges he faced in July, but during Monday's hearing, Kjos's attorney Josh Rustad said Kjos plans to withdraw his guilty plea at a later date.

"I don't want to go to jail for something I didn't do," Kjos said during the hearing.

Kjos was taken into custody immediately following the hearing.

The charges Kjos faced, which all constitute felonies, are three charges of gross sexual imposition, one count of abuse or neglect of a child, and one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child. The charges involved two female children.

The ten year sentence has been imposed for only one of the five charges, which is a Class AA felony. He also must pay court fees.

As a part of his sentence, Kjos must complete a sex offender program while serving his 10 years. If he successfully completes the program, the other four charges will be suspended. If he does not complete the program he could face the maximum sentences for each of the other four counts.

Kjos is also to be on supervised probation for 10 years, he must register as a sex offender and is not allowed to have contact with the victims.

If Kjos does not comply with his probation he could be sentenced to life in prison and a $35,000 fine.

Kjos declined to comment on the matter after Monday's hearing.