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Charges: Corrections officer had sexual relations with an inmate

He had been transporting the woman to another jail.

A Minnesota Department of Corrections transport officer is being charged with having sexual relations with a female inmate. According to the Dakota County Attorney's Office, the incident occurred while Randy Allen Beehler, 53, was on the job. 

The news release says Beehler had been transporting the woman from the Olmsted County Jail to the Hennepin County Jail on Sept. 30, 2019. 

He told the victim he was going to stop for food, and the victim indicated she would "do anything" to also have some food, according to the release. Beehler allegedly asked if that included her coming to the front seat and "fooling around." 

According to the attorney's office, the officer asked the victim if she would tell anyone and said she could get in trouble if she did. When the inmate said she'd keep quiet, the charges say Beehler ordered meals at a McDonald's drive-thru, removed the inmate's handcuffs and invited her to the front seat. 

When they were back on the road, Beehler allegedly opened his pants and the victim performed oral sex. 

After the woman arrived at the Hennepin County Jail, the release says she reported the incident to staff. Officials say Beehler initially denied the allegations but later admitted to buying the woman food, inviting her to the front seat and having sexual relations. 

“It is a felony under Minnesota law for a correctional officer to engage in sexual acts with a person who is a resident of a jail, prison, detention center or work release facility or under supervision of the correctional system," said Kathy Keena, chief deputy of the Dakota County Attorney's Office. "Consent by the individual is not a defense." 

Beehler is facing third and fourth degree criminal sexual conduct charges. He made his first court appearance Thursday, and the judge set a bail of $50,000 without conditions and $20,000 with conditions. His next court appearance is Dec. 11.

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