Ex-NDSU administrator pleads guilty to sexual misconduct with minor, resigns 'effective today'
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A former North Dakota State University administrator has admitted to criminal sexual conduct with an underage teen in Moorhead, but he's still set for trial on similar charges involving the same child in central North Dakota.
Viet Doan, who resigned Tuesday, Sept. 10, from his post as NDSU's enrollment management administrative systems director, pleaded guilty the same day in Clay County District Court to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.
A plea agreement calls for a stay of adjudication for 10 years, meaning he would avoid prison time, Judge Michael Fritz scheduled a sentencing hearing for Oct. 9. He would still have to serve 180 days in jail, but he could apply for work release.
Doan would serve probation for a decade. The agreement also calls for him to pay $2,000 in court fees.
In court Tuesday, Doan admitted to touching the victim inappropriately over her clothes while she slept at a home in Moorhead. The underage teenager told Moorhead police about the incident that happened in mid-November, according to court documents.
She also accused Doan of a similar incident in Bismarck, telling investigators the defendant fondled her under her clothes while she slept on Nov. 21, according to court documents. Moorhead police told the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Office about the investigation, and prosecutors in Bismarck filed charges in May against Doan.
He's set to go to trial on Nov. 20 in Burleigh County District Court, where he faces two Class C felonies of sexual assault.
Doan had been employed with NDSU since 2005 and oversaw the Administrative Systems Department. NDSU put him on paid administrative leave May 9, a day after the North Dakota charges were filed. University administration was aware of the Clay County charges before the Burleigh County complaint was filed, but Doan was "placed on a work-from-home arrangement," the university said.
Doan also was the director of the university's One Stop, an information center for financial aid, scholarships, records and other student services, according to the university’s website. NDSU spokeswoman Laura McDaniel confirmed Tuesday Doan resigned "effective today."
This story has been updated to correct the terms of Doan's plea agreement.