Behind the cases in “Dangerous State of Justice,” there are thousands of stories about real childrens’ lives. But you don’t have to dig through 14 years of court data to see how Minnesota is betraying its children. A quick online search of current news stories--any day of the year--reveals why Minnesota is a dangerous state for children who are raped, abused and exploited.
Here are examples of cases in the news right now.
Child Sexual Assault Cases
VIDEO FEATURE STORY: "A national organization dedicated to protecting children from sexual violence has issued a blistering report calling for criminal justice reform in Minnesota..." (includes specific case example)
“An Aurora, Illinois, man who reportedly inappropriately touched a girl under the age of 13 over a span of more than four years was placed on probation for up to 25 years Monday in Freeborn County District Court….”
“A 31-year-old Lovington man pleaded guilty to felony second-degree criminal sexual conduct where he admitted to touching a 7-year-old girl. Kerry Guinn Heavington, 31, was given a stay of imposition sentence on Dec. 17, 2015, by Judge Richard Zimmerman in Crow Wing County District Court. Heavington will serve 60 days in Crow Wing County Jail and be on supervised probation for 25 years…”
“FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – A 25-year-old Fergus Falls man was sentenced Friday in Otter Tail County District Court for a year in jail and 10 years of probation for giving the victim alcohol throughout the day on Sept. 1 and then sexually attacking her….”
Child Sexual Exploitation Cases
VIDEO FEATURE STORY: "Most Minnesota Child Pornography Offenders Never Go to Prison..."
"He became a part of the community that continues to re-victimize children when he accessed the images online, La Crosse County Circuit Judge Elliott Levine said… The judge sentenced Abbott, of Onalaska, to five years on probation with six months in jail to give him immediate access to treatment…."
“A Brooklyn Park volleyball coach will serve five years of probation for photoshopping a family friend’s face onto a child pornography image, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday… A forensic examination on his devices found various images of child porn, many of them portraying known victims, the complaint said….”
"A 42-year-old Shakopee man was placed on probation and ordered to complete treatment and a long-term sex-offender treatment program after pleading guilty in Scott County District Court to possession of child pornography, a felony...." (excerpts from charging documents)