Criminal Sexual Conduct
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a convicted St. Paul sex offender who argued that a jury, and not a judge, must decide his risk-level status. The decision could affect the statuses of several Level-III sex offenders in the state.
A former St. Paul elementary school custodian pleaded guilty Thursday to charges connected to the sexual abuse of several children – including family members – and the invasion of student privacy. Walter Johann Happel, 63, appeared tired in court Thursday, where he pleading guilty to five charges.
A Minnesota woman says a co-worker violated her but she was shocked to learn he didn’t commit a sex crime. We should warn you, the details of the story are disturbing.
A Minnesota religious leader sought by the U.S. on sex charges was able to elude a manhunt because of the support of a local woman, a longtime friend who traveled with him and supported him, the Brazilian lead investigator in the case said Wednesday.
A fugitive from Minnesota is now awaiting extradition back to the United States. Victor Barnard, who spent the last year on the US Marshal Service’s most wanted list, is accused of having sex with young girls in his religious camp near Finlayson, some as young as 12 years old.
A former leader of a rural Minnesota Christian community who fled the U.S. after facing sexual abuse charges was captured Friday by Brazilian military police. According to the Brazilian newspaper Globo, 53-year-old Victor Barnard was arrested in a beach condo on the country’s northeastern coast.
A former Twin Cities coach accused of luring two 13-year-old girls to his Burnsville home and sexually assaulting them last September pleaded guilty to charges on Wednesday.
A judge is hearing new evidence Friday in the case against a school janitor accused of inappropriate behavior with several students Walter Happel, 62, was charged back in March after police say he was caught peeking at an 11-year-old boy in a bathroom at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus School in St. Paul last February. He resigned soon after.
After 20 years, a woman is accusing her foster parent of sexually abusing her when she was a child. The Scott County Attorney’s office has charged 59-year-old Daniel Alvin Hennen with six counts of criminal sexual conduct. He is now out on bond. Detectives say Hennen ran a foster care service with his wife, Connie Hennen, out of his home in Jordan for several years in the 80s and 90s.
A 34-year-old Ashby man is accused of having a 5-year sexual relationship with a student starting when she was 15 years old, according to the Kandiyohi County Attorney’s Office.
A Twin Cities priest has been acquitted of criminal sexual conduct involving a female parishioner he was counseling. A juror Monday found the Rev. Mark Huberty not guilty on one count each of fourth- and fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct.
A former tennis coach who was accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenage student has been arrested again. Daniel Hubbard-Wilson, 27, was arrested last week and booked for violating a restraining order and for harassment in relation to the restraining order. He was released over the weekend on bond.
The U.S. Marshals Service has added a self-professed minister accused of sexually abusing young girls in rural Minnesota to its 15 Most Wanted Fugitives list. Fifty-three-year-old Victor Barnard is charged with 59 counts of criminal sexual conduct involving two members of a “Maidens Group” within a church he led called the River Road Fellowship.
The man arrested Thursday on suspicion of back-to-back assaults in a downtown Minneapolis parking ramp has been formally charged. According to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, 22-year-old Peijan Lamont Hodges is suspected of assaulting two women in broad daylight Tuesday on the seventh floor of Ramp C. The assaults happened within three hours of each other.
A former Catholic school teacher from southern Minnesota faces six felony charges after police say she admitted to having sex several times with a 17-year-old student.
A 27-year-old tennis coach at Convent of the Visitation School in Mendota Heights, Minn., is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student, according to a criminal complaint.
A former county attorney from northern Minnesota has been sentenced for criminal sexual conduct. Former Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell will serve 30 days in jail and will have 10 years of probation. He is also required to register as a sex offender for 10 years.
A 24-year-old correctional officer has pleaded guilty to charges accusing him of a series of alleged sexual assaults involving a 15-year-old girl at a juvenile correctional facility, the Itasca County Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.
A Minneapolis man faces multiple criminal sexual conduct charges after allegedly drugging and molesting a 10-year-old girl during a sleepover. According to the criminal complaint, 39-year-old Ezra David Taylor hosted a sleepover for his daughter and two of her friends at his residence on the 3500 block of Colfax Avenue on Aug. 2.
A student at Minnesota State University Moorhead is facing criminal charges after being accused of raping an 18-year-old girl during a night of drinking in a dorm. According to the Clay County Attorney’s Office, 23-year-old Angel Mario Vega is charged with one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of providing liquor to someone under 21.
A Northfield man was sentenced to nearly a year in jail Monday after pleading guilty to befriending teenage girls online and having sex with them. Michael Lyle Stucky, 19, plead guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, the Dakota County Attorney’s Office said.
A 47-year-old man is accused of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl at his Burnsville residence last year, and the man in question is a family friend of the victim, according to the Dakota County Attorney’s Office.
A 26-year-old Cottage Grove man is accused of criminal sexual conduct at a Lakeville park involving a teenage girl, according to charges filed Wednesday in Dakota County Court.
Jurors reached a verdict in the trial of a northern Minnesota prosecutor accused of sexual misconduct with a teenage girl. Tim Scannell was found guilty. He had been charged with two felonies for his relationship with a teen that was 17-years-old at the time.
A jury will now decide the fate of a Minnesota county attorney on trial for his relationship with a teenage girl. Tim Scannell is charged with two felonies for his relationship with a teen that was 17-years-old at the time.