Criminal Sexual Conduct
The Washington State Patrol says investigators have acted on 20 or 30 tips this week as they check locations in the Spokane-area in their search for a self-professed minister accused of sexually abusing at least two girls in rural Minnesota.
Authorities have issued a nationwide warrant for a 52-year-old man accused of having sex with girls while ministering to a religious group in Northern Pine County. Victor Arden Barnard, originally of Finlayson, Minn., faces 59 felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection to the alleged abuse that occurred from 2000 until 2009.
A Blue Earth priest who admitted to fondling a girl while attending dinner at her grandmother’s home was sentenced to 25 years of supervised probation on Monday.
A former Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s deputy could face up to 33 years in prison after pleading guilty to criminal sexual conduct charges involving young boys that he took on fishing trips. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Aaron Joseph Heuer of Isle, Minn. pleaded guilty in Otter Tail County District Court to four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
A Blue Earth-area priest has admitted to fondling a girl while he was attending dinner at her grandmother’s home. The Rev. Leo Koppala pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a victim under 13. He’ll be sentenced March 31.
A 33-year-old Andover man and former Minneapolis Police officer pleaded guilty Monday in Anoka County Court to criminal sexual conduct involving minors.
A women’s basketball and cross-country coach at a private Christian college is charged with criminal sexual conduct involving a Shorewood teen. According to the Hennepin County Attorney’s office, Ryan Paul Chmielewski, 30, was charged Thursday with one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
A 44-year-old Ramsey man is accused of criminal sexual conduct involving several children after he mentored them through the “Big Brothers” organization in the north Twin Cities metro, according to charges filed by the Anoka County attorney.
A 36-year-old Stillwater man who taught at a Wisconsin high school is accused of having sex with two students from that school at his home, according to charges filed Thursday by the Washington County Attorney.
The Brownsdale City Council has voted to fire the city’s police chief after he was charged with two felony counts of criminal sexual conduct. According to the criminal complaint, 42-year-old Jason Mindrup offered a woman a ride in his truck on Aug. 31 after talking with her at the Cheers Bar in Waltham, Minn.
A 30-year-old Elk River man will spend 30 years in prison after it was discovered that he engaged in a sexual act with a 7-year-old victim.
A 29-year-old private music teacher from Coon Rapids, Minn. was charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct last Wednesday.
A woman is suing a university priest and professor in St. Paul for alleged sexual abuse beginning when she was 13 years old. The civil lawsuit against the Rev. Michael Jerome Keating of the University of St. Thomas was filed Monday in Ramsey County.
One man has been charged in connection with an incident earlier this week wherein a woman was held down and urinated on as a number of men wearing wigs surrounded her in St. Paul.
A former Duluth youth basketball coach has been convicted of sexually assaulting two preteen sisters. A jury in St. Louis County found Wendell Greene guilty of having sexual contact with the girls, ages 8 and 10 at the time of the assaults.