Emerado man pleads guilty to gross sexual imposition


25 Jan. – GRAND FORKS – An Emerado man charged with two counts of gross sexual imposition of a class AA misdemeanor changed his plea to guilty less than 24 hours before his trial was due to begin.

Joseph Edward Glaum, 49, pleaded guilty to both counts of gross sexual imposition on Monday afternoon, January 23. He filed a conditional open plea.

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According to an affidavit in the case, Emerado police were dispatched to Glaum’s residence on May 14, 2021, following reports that he had sexually assaulted a minor on multiple occasions.

When police arrived, Glaum told police “that he had done some ‘inappropriate’ things” with the underage girl, the affidavit said.

On May 20, 2021, the young person spoke with a forensic interviewer from the Red River Valley Child Advocacy Center. According to the child’s statement, the young person had been abused several times over a four-year period.

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Glaum was arrested in November 2021.

A class AA felony carries a maximum prison sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

Glaum’s sentencing is scheduled for May 11.


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