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Sexual misconduct charges filed against Worthington man

WORTHINGTON — Sexual misconduct charges have been filed in Nobles County District Court against a 68-year-old Worthington man.

According to court documents, Kenneth Meyerdirk faces one first-degree and three second-degree criminal sexual conduct charges for alleged contact with a granddaughter that spanned several years.

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The criminal complaint states all of the alleged contact happened on Meyerdirk’s farm on Sundberg Avenue. During an interview by Child’s Voice in Sioux Falls, S.D., in 2012, the victim said she remembered incidents starting when she was in second grade — which would have been in 2000 — until she was 11 years old.

When the alleged sexual assault started, the victim said the events did not seem out of the ordinary at the time. It wasn’t until she was older that she realized what was happening wasn’t right, she explained.

The victim, now an adult, recounted several alleged events that took place during vacations and holidays at Meyerdirk’s farm during her Child’s Voice interview. She described her grandfather repeatedly telling her to be quiet and that he just wanted to spend time her. She also stated that her grandfather told her not to tell her grandmother or parents.

Meyerdirk is expected to make his first appearance in court later this month.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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