Charges: Caregiver admits sexually abusing 3 vulnerable adults

The crimes occurred in Windom, Cottonwood County.
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A former southwest Minnesota caregiver is facing up to 40 years in prison after telling his supervisor — as well as police — that he sexually violated multiple vulnerable adults under his watch.

Samuel Lee Sandbo, a 21-year-old from Windom, was charged this week with three separate counts of criminal sexual conduct.

The first set of charges, which were filed Wednesday, says Sandbo — who was "having anxiety and guilt regarding some acts he committed on several vulnerable adults" — told his superior that he had "sexually penetrated" two group home residents in his care. 

He said the first victim was penetrated in bed, while the second was penetrated in the bathroom while "standing by the sink," according to the charges.

The next day, authorities received a Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center (MAARC) report regarding the matter and came to interview Sandbo, who admitted to the crimes and provided them even more details. 

The man's employers also told investigators that the first victim "is diagnosed with severe mental retardation," while the other "has profound intellectual disability."

But the above crimes were not all that Sandbo admitted to during police interviews.

According to the second criminal complaint, filed Friday, he also told them that he'd abused another resident who'd been involved in a MAARC report from February 2019.

In that case, the vulnerable adult was taken to the hospital after falling in the shower, and it was reported that Sandbo was "mad, swearing, and slammed the door to the bathroom."

On Tuesday, he told investigators that, prior to that incident, he had touched the person's breasts and tried to get her to touch his groin. 

The victim has mild developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome, the charges say.

Sandbo now faces multiple counts of third-degree and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, which carry penalties of 15 and 10 years in prison, respectively. 

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