LUVERNE — A Luverne man is facing felony charges of third-degree criminal sexual assault and kidnapping following an incident that began in a Luverne convenience store.

Earnest Lee Anderson, 45, was arrested following a report alleging his kidnapping and rape of a female victim.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim met Anderson at Casey's General Store. Anderson asked for a ride home and she obliged, and she then followed Anderson into his apartment.

The victim said that Anderson started talking about "porno and sex stuff," and when she expressed discomfort, he pushed her down and forced himself upon her. The complaint alleges that the victim was raped for about half hour and that the victim was eventually able to kick Anderson off, take his cell phone and use it to call her husband.

The husband reported the alleged crime to the police, who arrived at Anderson's residence to check it out. When law enforcement knocked on Anderson's door, they heard activity inside, but nobody answered the door. They forced entry by kicking down the door.

When asked why there was no answer, the victim said Anderson had prevented her from calling out. Anderson said he was trying to protect the victim from a DUI charge and claimed she had been drinking and driving earlier.

Officers called for a representative from the Southwest Crisis Center to help the victim, who was taken to the hospital for a rape kit analysis. The rape kit, the victim's clothes and Anderson's phone were collected as evidence.

Anderson's charges carry a maximum possible sentence of 20 years in prison and/or a $35,000 fine.

The Southwest Crisis Center is available in our community to support and empower survivors of sexual and domestic violence. For questions about services or how you can help contact the Southwest Crisis Center at 800-376-4311 or