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Alleged Sexual Assault in Sleepy Eye

Three men have been charged in a Sleepy Eye sexual assault case. Of the three men, one has been arrested and charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, threats of violence, second-degree criminal sexual conduct, and two counts of witness tampering. All charges are classified as felonies, according to the criminal complaint filed in the Brown County District Court.

Warrants have been issued for two others. One man has been charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and the other has been charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The alleged victim, a female, reported to police that she had been assaulted by the defendant who is currently being held. She stated the other two men helped him. The complaint says that the assault lasted approximately 15 minutes.

The evening began when the woman went to Mankato with one of the defendants to have dinner. Her child was with them. They then took the child to Springfield to the babysitter’s house. The woman then went with one of the other men to his home in Sleepy Eye to drink. Initially, she wanted to go to Jackpot Junction but followed the man’s lead to where he wanted to go.

While at the man’s home, the man she initially went out to dinner with took her phone and hid it. The third man, the one that has been arrested, was at this home and began assaulting the woman with the assistance of the others.

The other men held her down while one sexually assaulted her. She was also told that if she told anyone, she would be found and killed.

She said there was another person in her house who returned her cell phone, so she was able to call someone to take her to Springfield where her child was. She told her grandmother of the assault and they notified police.

The victim went to a nearby hospital where a sexual assault examination took place.

The man who has been arrested is being held on $150,000 bail.

This is one of a number of sexual assault cases throughout the Mankato area. In another case, a student accused of sexual assault was suspended from school but successfully appealed the suspension. This resulted in a punishment reduction. The punishment was a 500-word essay about sexual consent, suspension from some campus activities, and work with a mentor.