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Arrest warrant issued for California man in White Earth rape case

WHITE EARTH, N.D. - A judge has issued a bench warrant for a California man accused of raping a woman in White Earth, N.D., last July, after he failed to show up to court Thursday.

State prosecutors say that 45-year-old James Douglas forced a woman to perform a sex act on him in an apartment near a crew camp in White Earth.

The woman also suffered injuries on her wrist and shoulder.

Douglas faces AA-felony charge of gross sexual imposition and an A-misdemeanor charge of assault.

Douglas would face the chance of life in prison without parole on the gross sexual imposition charge if convicted.

If you know his whereabouts you should contact the Mountrail County Sheriff’s Office at 701-628-2975.