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Teen enters guilty plea in Proctor sexual assault, case to stay in juvenile court

Updated: May 17, 2022 06:06 PM
Created: March 31, 2022 06:28 AM

An update to the criminal sexual conduct case involving a Proctor football player. The now 18-year-old has entered a guilty plea, which the judge will accept once a pre-disposition investigation is complete. The case will remain in juvenile court.

Prosecutor Korey Horn said, "We've consulted with the victim, and his family, and we believe this is in the community's best interest."

The defendant was 17 years old at the time of the assault, which occured in September.

In court on Tuesday, he admitted to being part of a group of players who chased the alleged victim down after practice. A plunger was used in the alleged assault.

He also said that the plunger was in the locker room before, and players had joked about using it.

When asked why he decided to use it, he said, “It was a joke that went too far."

The disposition hearing is set for June 20th at 8:30am.

Since he is remaining in juvenile court, WDIO has decided not to name the defendant.

Amid rumors and details circulating on social media and around town, due to student data being protected under the Minnesota Data Privacy Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the school district and local authorities could not release additional information about the incident. 

The Proctor School District had canceled the rest of the football season at the end of September as the investigation into the alleged serious misconduct continued. Then Head Coach and teacher, Derek Parendo resigned from his position in October. Parendo was on personal leave for the remainder of the school year.

Proctor Schools say he no longer goes to school there.

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