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Lismore man pleads guilty to having sex with minor

WORTHINGTON -- A Lismore man submitted a plea agreement Wednesday in Nobles County District Court, even though he claims to have no recollection of having sex with a minor over an approximately three-year period.

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WORTHINGTON -- A Lismore man submitted a plea agreement Wednesday in Nobles County District Court, even though he claims to have no recollection of having sex with a minor over an approximately three-year period.

On Wednesday, Allen Vandekieft, 21, entered a Norgaard plea to an amended second-degree criminal sexual conduct charge, a felony. As part of the agreement, one other count would be dismissed, execution of his sentence would be stayed and no additional jail time would be imposed.

Vandekieft has been held in the Nobles County Jail since early July, when he was arrested and charged in two separate criminal sexual conduct cases.

According to statements made on the record during Wednesday’s plea hearing, Vandekieft had sexual contact with a minor who was more than three years younger than him from April 2015 to July 2018. The victim would have been 11 years old and Vandekieft 18 when offenses began in 2015.  

By submitting a Norgaard plea, Vandekieft did not claim innocence, saying he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol and couldn’t recall the events while also noting evidence the state would use against him. He agreed he had no reason to contest the accuracy of that evidence and that, if the matter went to trial, believed the evidence substantial to lead to a jury conviction.

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Disposition remains pending of an additional case accusing Vandekieft of having sexual contact with a victim that is considered mentally impaired or helpless.

Acceptance of Vandekieft’s plea was deferred pending completion of a pre-sentence investigation, psychosexual evaluation and sentencing guidelines worksheet.

Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.

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