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Worthington man convicted of burglarizing Prairie House residence


WORTHINGTON — A Worthington man will serve 150 days in Nobles County Jail for burglarizing a Prairie House resident’s apartment during what the court said was motivated by a sexual component.

Coal Mayer, 19, was also sentenced to 15 months in prison, which will be stayed for probation not to exceed five years. He will also complete 100 hours of community service in lieu of a fine after being convicted of felony third-degree burglary, a charge that stemmed from a March incident during which he stole a resident’s personal item before temporarily blinding her with pepper spray.

“Your behavior here was concerning and disturbing,” said Fifth Judicial District Judge Gordon Moore prior to Tuesday’s sentencing.

Assistant Nobles County Attorney Adam Johnson argued that Mayer should be required to to complete group sex offender treatment and should be prohibited from using internet-capable devices on the basis of recent criminal history, which includes three criminal cases filed within the first year of his adult life.

“The state’s biggest concern is that he seems to be ramping up instead of winding down,” said Johnson, adding that the state is concerned Mayer has a high-risk of reoffense.

Mayer’s defense attorney, Louis Kuchera, argued that he should’nt be prohibited from using the internet. He said people rely heavily on it — specifically for search for employment, something Mayer would soon need to do.

Moore ordered Mayer to complete individualized sex offender treatment and permitted restricted internet use, with tracking by probation. He added that Mayer’s attitude was going to have to change.

“If you don’t choose to conform your behavior to the law — despite what your opinion of it is — it will just come with further consequences,” he said.