I am SO sorry for the pain that your niece has suffered because of her father's HORRID and illegal behavior. Your niece needs to be VERY watchful of her own children. She should NOT allow him to be alone with her children.
The North Dakota laws are VERY specific.
State v. Goebel, 725 N.W.2d 578 (N.D. 2007§29-04-03.1 and §29-04-03.2n) when read together, if then victim is under 15 at the time of the offense, the statute of limitations does not begin to run until the victim reaches the age of 15, which extends the initial seven- year period until the victim is 22, but if the victim does not report the offense to law enforcement within that seven- year period, the limitations periods runs for 3 years after the offense is reported.
The whole statute can be found in the link below:
So, unfortunately, it is too late for your niece to prosecute him for the abuse that happened to her as a child.
I wish I could have given you a more positive response. But, the law is clear.
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