30 days in jail & probation for sex crime, burglaryWILLMAR — An 19-year-old New London man was sentenced Wednesday to five years of probation, a total of $2,000 in fines and 30 days in jail on two felony charges, of third-degree burglary and third-degree criminal sexual conduct, for burglarizing a fish house and for having sexual relations with a then 14-year-old girl.
By: Gretchen Schlosser, West Central Tribune, Worthington Daily Globe
l coWILLMAR — An 19-year-old New London man was sentenced Wednesday to five years of probation, a total of $2,000 in fines and 30 days in jail on two felony charges, of third-degree burglary and third-degree criminal sexual conduct, for burglarizing a fish house and for having sexual relations with a then 14-year-old girl.
Kyle Dale Manson received a stay of adjudication on his sentence, under which a conviction may be removed from a defendant’s record if he complies with conditions. The sentence was handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court.
Judge Michael J. Thompson ordered Manson to have no contact with the victim in the criminal sex case and to complete a psychosexual evaluation.
He was ordered to attend victim offender mediation and write an apology letter to the victim in the burglary case.
The burglary and theft charges were filed after the owner of the fish house, on Lake Calhoun, retrieved Manson’s lost cell phone from the lake below the house.
According to that complaint, a Kandiyohi County sheriff’s deputy was called Dec. 24 to the boat access at Lake Calhoun to investigate the burglary. Two men there said the house had been broken into between 10 p.m. the night before and 1 a.m. A portable heater and propane tanks were missing and the lock on the door had been pried off. On Jan. 31, the owner called the sheriff’s office again, stating that he had retrieved a cell phone from the lake bottom through a spearing hole and that the phone still worked. He had found out that Manson was the owner of the phone and had called him. Manson reportedly told the man he had been to the house a few days after the burglary just to look at the damage.
The owner told the sheriff’s detective that Manson could not have dropped his phone into the lake from outside of the fish house, as he had repaired the lock the same day and Manson didn’t have a key. He also said Manson was one of a group at the house the day before the burglary and spent an abnormal amount of time looking around the house.
In a phone conversation with the sheriff’s detective, Manson initially claimed he was out with the guys and had returned to get forgotten fishing equipment when he discovered the burglary. Later he admitted to the crime because the owner had angered him. The next day, he turned over the stolen heater and admitted that he had dropped the cell phone as he was using the display to light up the dark fish house during the burglary.
The criminal sexual conduct charge was filed in March after detectives from the sheriff’s office interviewed Manson and the girl, now 15, regarding a sexual relationship between the two last summer and fall. Both said they have known each other since childhood. They also said they had sex while parking in a rural area near New London on two occasions, once in the summer and then again later in the fall.