WINDOM — A Windom man employed to provide care to individuals with intellectual disabilities at regional group homes faces criminal charges after admitting to sexually assaulting two vulnerable adults.
According to criminal complaints filed this week in Cottonwood and Jackson counties, Samuel L. Sandbo, 21, reported to his supervisor that he forcibly penetrated two adults with significant mental and intellectual disabilities. He reportedly admitted to the assaults after recently experiencing "anxiety and guilt."
According to court documents, Sandbo has worked for PRL Habilitative Services Inc. (HSI) since early 2017. Sandbo recently told law enforcement that he became physically abusive toward clients within six months on the job.
One of the adults was reportedly assaulted in bed and hit Sandbo. Sandbo said the other assault occurred in a bathroom.
He told officers he used a condom during both assaults and disposed of the used condom in the garbage.
Neither of the victim's names, ages or gender is disclosed in the criminal complaint.
Sandbo has been charged with two counts of felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct, which are punishable up to 15 years imprisonment, a $30,000 fine or both.
A fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charge was also filed in Jackson County after Sandbo told officers he touched a vulnerable adult's breast, and exposed himself to her and got her to touch his genitalia. The victim was living in Jackson County at the time.
Arrested Tuesday, Sandbo has since posted a $75,000 bond and is prohibited from having contact with victims.
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 mnswcc.org