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Mankato man accused of rape after sorority party

FARGO, N.D. — A Mankato man is accused of raping a female Minnesota State University Moorhead student at a hotel here last spring after a sorority formal.

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Taylor Jerrod Pederson, 22, was charged Thursday in Cass County District Court with one count of gross sexual imposition, a Class A felony.

According to documents filed with the charges, Fargo police officer Amy Kingzett was dispatched to the Sanford Medical Center emergency room May 5 just after 1:30 p.m. to take a report.

The woman told Kingzett she had gone to a sorority formal the night before with a group of friends, including Pederson, the date of one of the other women.

The alleged victim had gone without a date of her own, she told the officer.

The group left the hotel to go downtown to the Old Broadway, leaving Pederson’s date, who was underage, behind at the hotel.

Two other women who had been out drinking with the woman were in the waiting room of the emergency room. They said each of them consumed about 10 shots of tequila and 10 Corona beers before 11 p.m., when a bar special ended.

A post on the Old Broadway’s Facebook page shows a 5-cent Corona special from 7 to 8:30 p.m., a $1.50 Corona and Patron tequila special from 8:30 to 9:30 and a $2.50 Corona and Patron special from 9:30 to 11 p.m. for Saturday, May 4.

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