71-year-old ND man arrested on charges he sexually assaulted young kids

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RANSOM COUNTY, N.D. (Valley News Live) A 71-year-old man is in jail on multiple child sex crime charges that date back to the 1980s but also include more recent incidents where he sexually assaulted a 9-year-old boy in Ransom County, according to court documents.

Ernest Ballinger of Lisbon was arrested Tuesday night and is facing a total of six counts of Gross Sexual Imposition and one count of Luring a Minor by Electronic Means in both Ransom and Lamoure counties.

He's currently in the Richland County Jail.

The 9-year-old boy told investigators that on two separate occasions in 2018 Ballinger would force him to perform oral sex, according to court documents.

Records also stated that in another incident Ballinger made the child watch pornographic video on a tablet.

Other accusations were too graphic to mention on our website.

Four incidents of Gross Sexual Imposition happened during the 1980s in Lamoure County.

Ballinger is accused of sexually assaulting a girl from the time she was 5-years-old to at least the age of 11, according to court documents.

He also reportedly forced her to perform oral sex on him and vice versa. The allegations are also too graphic to publish.

A bond has not been set for Ballinger yet, according to the Richland County Jail.

Ballinger is scheduled to appear in court on October 23 for a preliminary hearing.