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Worthington man charged with criminal sexual conduct claims he walked into wrong room while intoxicated

Matias-Coronado is charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving contact with a victim under the age of 14.

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WORTHINGTON — A Worthington man has been charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving contact with a victim under the age of 14.

On May 10, a Worthington Police Officer received a report of sexual assault and spoke with the victim. During the conversation, the victim stated they were asleep at home when Santos Justo Matias-Coronado, 37, entered the room and proceeded to grope the victim. The incident reportedly took place on May 8 and was not the first time Matias-Coronado had touched the victim, according to statements made in the report.

The officer also went to the victim’s residence to speak to Matias-Coronado, during which time, he told the officer he had been drinking that night and had gone into the victim’s bedroom by accident, thinking it was his girlfriend’s room. He denied touching the victim inappropriately and stated that when he realized he was in the wrong room, he left.

If convicted, Matias-Coronado faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in jail, a $35,000 fine, or both. Conditional bail was set at $20,000 and Matias-Coronado is set to make his initial court appearance May 23.

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Anyone with information on the suspect is urged to call the Law Enforcement Center at 507-295-5400.

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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