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Murray County man pleads guilty to criminal sexual conduct


SLAYTON -- Murray County Attorney Paul Malone made a point to be sure the name of a young victim would be properly protected during a criminal sexual conduct plea hearing Monday morning in Murray County District Court.

Everett Charles Overweg, 19, of Slayton, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sexual conduct, admitting in court that he inappropriately touched a minor under the age of 13 while he had a significant relationship with the victim.

Overweg's case was scheduled to go to trial this week, but a plea agreement was reached and the first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge against him was dismissed as part of the agreement.

A pre-sentence investigation was ordered, but the plea agreement was for a stay of adjudication on the condition Overweg get a sexual offender assessment, attend counseling, have no similar violations and possess no sexually explicit material.

Because adjudication on the conviction is stayed, there will be no public record of the case once the requirements of the conditions are met.

Public defender Christina Weitzema asked the judge to consider releasing Overweg right away instead of waiting until the sentencing.

"The agreement doesn't call for any jail time, and he has been in jail since August," she said.

Judge David Christensen ordered Overweg to be released with the usual conditions, adding that he was to have no contact with minors, and also agreed with Malone's request.

Malone had told the judge he was not sure he had correctly redacted the victim's name out of the complaint completely, and he wanted to ensure that the document, as well as the written report of the Child's Voice interview and of Overweg's juvenile medical records would be placed in a confidential file, rather than be open to the public.

Overweg has two previous convictions for theft and was on probation at the time he was charged with the criminal sexual conduct charges. Sentencing is tentatively scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Feb. 22.