Belcourt man accused of raping 8-year-old girl in 2009

MINOT, N.D. A Belcourt man is in custody in Minot on accusations he raped an eight-year-old girl on four separate occasions in March of 2009.

Prosecutors have charged 54-year-old Todd Trottier with four counts of gross sexual imposition.

The girl told investigators the incidents occurred four nights in a row, and she woke up to Trottier lying in bed with her.

Court records indicate the girl first told her mother about the incidents in 2009, but Trottier made it seem as if the girl was making it up.

The girl’s mother took her to authorities in spring of 2015 after the girl addressed it again.

Trottier made his initial court appearance Monday and will be back in court for his arraignment in August.