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Waseca man charged with criminal sexual conduct after victim reports years of assault

Law enforcement found holes drilled into the bathroom walls, where the victim stated Froderman would try to watch them shower.

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NOTE: All references to the victim in this story have been changed to “they” in order to help protect their identity.

JACKSON COUNTY — A Waseca man has been issued a summons to appear in court on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct after a victim reported multiple years of sexual abuse.

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In February 2019, the victim reported to a member of the Lakefield Police Department that they had been sexually assaulted from 2012 to 2015 by Clinton Earl Froderman, 44.

According to the criminal complaint, Froderman had a significant relationship with the victim, a minor at the time. The victim stated Froderman would repeatedly come into their room during the night. The victim stated Froderman would put his hands in his pants or touch the victim’s genitalia.

Froderman would allegedly also try to watch the victim change and open the door while the victim was showering. They also stated that Froderman drilled holes in the wall to watch the victim in the shower.

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In 2019, a search warrant of the residence was conducted and law enforcement found several holes drilled into the bathroom wall. A hole was also located in the bathroom ceiling.

The victim stated they had disclosed the abuse to their mother as well as a therapist.

Froderman is scheduled to make his initial court appearance Aug. 17. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in jail, a $40,000 fine, or both on each of the criminal sexual conduct charges. Both charges also carry a mandatory minimum of 144 months.

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 1-800-376-4311 or mnswcc.org .

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