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Burnsville photographer accused of grabbing teen after session

Dakota County prosecutors accuse a Burnsville man of sexually assaulting a Minneapolis girl after using an alleged modeling opportunity scheme to lure her to his home. Law enforcement claims that the man first contacted the girl through Facebook. Police believe that the man offered to take photographs of the girl that could launch a modeling career.

The teen says that the man set up a meeting with her parents to ease concerns about the process. The man went to the girl’s home in mid-February and after the family meeting, the girl agreed to the photo-shoot. Police claim that the Burnsville man sent his brother as a security guard to transport the girl to the modeling session.

USHL hockey players under sex crime investigation in Minnesota

Two hockey players from Nebraska are under investigation for alleged sex crimes in Minnesota. Law enforcement says say that a parent of a 15-year-old girl called police in late February, claiming that a young man had sexual contact with the girl. Police claim that a short video clip of the sexual encounter was distributed after the incident.

No charges have been filed related to any of the allegations.

Preliminary reports suggest that law enforcement believes that the 15-year-old girl went to a Moorhead Days Inn to spend time with a player with the Lincoln Stars. The team is part of the United States Hockey League, which is a junior hockey association, according to the league website. Authorities think that the girl had sex while at the hotel. Police say that someone took photos and a video.

Appellate court throws out St. Paul priest's sex crime conviction

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of a priest in a sexual misconduct case from Ramsey County. The man was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with an adult female parishioner. The Minnesota criminal sexual conduct statute prohibits members of the clergy from engaging in sex during a meeting with a person seeking religious or spiritual advice (among other similar forms of spiritual aid).

The court of appeals says that the statute does not prohibit all sexual encounters between the clergy and others. For instance, a clergy member may be married. Sexual encounters with a parishioner who is not the spouse of the clergy member are also not prohibited under the law, unless the encounter occurs during a spiritual meeting, according to the court.

Man charged with rape, child porn in southern Minnesota

Prosecutors in Southern Minnesota say that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children contacted the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in March, claiming that an online video feed emanated from Minnesota and contained potential child pornography. Officials in Minnesota say that the social media chat site where the video allegedly streamed was involved in tracking the source of the video.

Investigators believe that the live video was streamed on the Internet involved an adult male and elementary school age girl. Authorities say that investigators were able to trace the source of the video to a home in Austin, Minnesota. Police later raided the home and seized computers and other electronic devices. Authorities also claim that small cameras were found in the home that authorities believe were used to surreptitiously capture video of a teenage girl in the shower.

College student in Minnesota accused of rape at house party

A Northern Minnesota college student is accused of felony sex crimes after allegedly having intimate relations with a woman at a house party in February. Authorities say that the young man, who plays football at Bemidji State University, held a party in February where people were playing drinking games. A woman became intoxicated while participating in the drinking games, according to the prosecutor.

Few details about the police investigation are revealed in a recent media account. However, investigators apparently questioned the man after the party. Prosecutors allege that the man admitted having sex with a female who had attended the party. Authorities accuse the man of carrying the woman to his bedroom after she had been drinking.

Robbinsdale police chief arrested in online prostitution sting

Police employed the tactic of setting up a sting operation recently by using an Internet advertisement offering sexual favors hoping to get people to respond to the ad. Coon Rapids Police say that 11 people were caught up in the sting operation. Few details about the majority of the arrests have been publicly reported. However, a high-profile case has emerged from the Backpage.com sting operation.

Authorities arrested the chief of police from Robbinsdale on February 20 related to the online sting. Authorities claim that the chief had responded to the ad and met undercover operatives at an apartment building. Officials in Anoka County claim that the law enforcement official offered to exchange money for sex at the apartment.

Comic charged with sex offenses after Mall of America appearance

Allegations of a sex offense can impact a person’s reputation, even if no conviction is ever entered. Whether a person is a business professional, a college student or a high profile entertainer does not necessarily seem to matter. Any accusation of a sex offense can involve a stigma that may not attach to many other types of crimes.

But, in the criminal case, the consequences that can follow a conviction can be long-lasting. Often, sex crime investigations may take a long period of time. A person under suspicion may hire a defense lawyer before formal charges are filed in a criminal case.

A traveling stand-up comedian who has appeared on at least two nationally broadcast television programs has been charged in Minnesota with two counts of sexual assault. Authorities say that last summer the comic appeared at a club at the Mall of America as a headline act for roughly one week. While in town, police say that the comedian went to the apartment of a female worker from the comedy club after hours.

Southern Minnesota priest enters plea deal in sex case

A priest in southern Minnesota appeared this week in court for an omnibus hearing in a criminal sexual conduct case. An omnibus hearing is a pre-trial hearing where a person can raise legal issues and challenge probable cause for the criminal charges. The man is from India, and an interpreter for the hearing was processed. But, then the court took a three hour break.

When court resumed Monday, the man entered an Alford plea to resolve the sex crime case. The Alford plea was given in exchange for a plea deal with prosecutors. Authorities say that the man might not face any executed prison time under the plea agreement. His charge carries a maximum sentence of up to 25 years in prison. The priest reportedly spent 45 days in jail over the past nine months since the charges were filed related to the criminal case.

Minnesota school officials concerned over social media use

The prevalence of electronic communications seems to grow with each passing day. Emails, text messaging and the use of smartphones by many people to track appointments seem commonplace. At the same time, stories keep making headlines all over the country about kids posting comments online, or sharing sexually explicit materials through the use of electronic media.

A few weeks ago we discussed an issue that arose in Rogers, Minnesota, concerning a website and alleged tweets among students. The issue may have raised some awareness that the use of electronic communications can, at times, raise legal questions—especially when our kids are involved.

Neighbor accuses southwest Minnesota man of stalking her

Minnesota’s stalking statute involves fairly broad language when it comes to the kind of activities that may lead to stalking charges. Some commentators across the country say that stalking statutes can be controversial as many of these types of laws prohibit what may be innocent conduct. Cases may be based upon a misunderstanding. Stalking charges may also be tacked on to other allegations.

In Minnesota, any conduct that could make another person feel frightened, intimidated and a string of similar verbs, may support stalking allegations. Essentially, if a person feels oppressed, threatened or otherwise persecuted by conduct, the stalking statute may come into play. The statute does not require prosecutors to prove intent in most stalking cases (a couple of exceptions to the general rule are outlined in the law).

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