A man who was detained in Canada by immigration authorities shortly after Williston police began investigating a rape accusation against him is being held at the Williams County Correctional Center on $1 million bond.
Christian Desir, 23, appeared in Northwest District Court on Monday. He is charged with class A felony gross sexual imposition for allegedly having sex with a 19-year-old woman who was passed out from drinking alcohol in his apartment in January.
Desir disappeared from Williston after he was called in to speak with detectives, Williams County prosecutor Sandy Jones said during the hearing.
“He skipped town and fled the area… He wasn’t discovered until July, when he was found in Canada,” Jones said.
She requested a $2 million bond, calling Desir a “flight risk” and pointing out that he’d disappeared after posting bond in Canada, prompting a search by authorities there and in the United States.
Desir was eventually arrested again in Canada in September and extradited to the United States by the U.S. Marshals, police said.
Northwest District Judge Kirsten Sjue set Desir’s bond at half the amount Jones had requested after asking Jones about Desir’s finances.
“It was not a small amount... I have no idea what his means are,” Jones said of the bond Desir posted in Canada.
The woman often called Desir, who worked as a taxi driver, for a ride home from her job, court records say. She told police that one evening in January, Desir picked her up but drove her to his home, where he repeatedly asked her to come inside.
The woman finally agreed, but ended up passing out in the apartment after about two drinks, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
The woman told investigators that she woke up the next morning naked in Desir’s bed to find semen on her body and the bedding, but could not remember what had happened the night before, according to court documents.
The woman reported the incident to the police the same day, records say.
Desir is due back in court on Nov. 30 for a preliminary hearing.