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Chisholm Councilor Accused of Groping Woman

October 10, 2017 09:11 PM

First-term councilor Kevin Scaia has been accused of non-consensual sexual contact. The 50-year-old is facing a gross misdemeanor criminal sexual conduct charge.

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According to the criminal complaint, Scaia was at the TT Dome Bar in Chisholm back in September. The complaint said he got up from his bar stool, and approached a woman and her friend. He then allegedly stood directly behind the woman, and then reached his hands around her. The complaint says he then squeezed both of her breasts.

Investigators said that the alleged victim immediately struck his hands away, and told him to "knock it off" and leave her alone.

According to the document, Scaia allegedly denied sexually assaulting the victim. Authorities said that when interviewed, he began to speak poorly of her. 

When confronted with the fact that the incident was captured on surveillance footage, Scaia then allegedly said he, "didn't mean anything by it and it was just something I did." He also reportedly said he is a "political target," and believes somebody within the city is behind the allegation.

Mayor Todd Scaia declined to comment on camera on Tuesday. But he said, "We will let due process play out." He is the defendant's brother, but spoke to us in his capacity as mayor.

Councilor Marty Halverson declined to comment. 

Councilor Tracy Campbell said in a statement, "I am going to continue to focus on what I was elected to do, which is make the best decisions to the best of my ability and continue to move the city forward and not concentrate on any negativity."

The city is also without an administrator, after Katie Bobich resigned in August. No word yet on why she resigned.  Susan Schweiss is the interim administrator.

Mayor Scaia praised her work as excellent, saying, "Our greatest assets are our employees." Councilor Campbell echoed that, and said, "Our staff has been handling the day to day business of the city professionally."

Interviews for the administrator position were scheduled for Tuesday, and Mayor Scaia was hoping to act on a candidate at Wednesday night's meeting.

Attempts to reach Kevin Scaia were unsuccessful. He is expected to be in court on October 30th.


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