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Nobles County jury finds Minnesota man guilty of 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct

The Worthington Police Department received a report in November 2021 from an anonymous source regarding a sexual assault that had occurred in Worthington between 2014 and 2016, involving Underhill.

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WORTHINGTON — On Thursday, October 20, 2022, a Nobles County jury found Andres Underhill, 29, guilty on one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct for incidents occurring between August 2014 and August 2016 in Nobles County.

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Underhill was issued a summons to appear in court back in January, following allegations of criminal sexual conduct involving a minor under the age of 13.

The case was tried by Special Assistant County Attorneys Andrew LeFevour and Mitchell Sell, both with Eckberg Lammers law firm.

The trial began on Oct. 19 and lasted approximately a day and a half. The jury deliberated approximately four hours before returning its verdict of guilty.

This was a difficult case to try considering the allegations are six to eight years old, Nobles County Attorney Joseph Sanow noted in a press release.

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"The jury’s verdict was correct and justice was done," he stated. "I want to thank the Worthington Police Department, the Child Advocacy Center, and attorneys LeFevour and Sell for their tireless work on this case."

Sanow also thanked the victim and their family for their willingness to speak about a highly traumatic experience and help the county attorney's office seek justice.

Sentencing will be set for a later date and time. Underhill faces up to 25 years in prison and/or a $35,000 fine.

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Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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