Charges: Northern Minnesota police officer raped, stalked teenager

The Warroad cop has been charged with kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct.
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Joshua Dummerly

A police officer in northern Minnesota is accused of sexually assaulting a teenager on more than 10 occasions.

Joshua Demmerly, 29, an officer for Warroad Police Department, has been charged with 3rd-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, and stalking this week in Roseau County.

According to the criminal complaint, Demmerly raped a juvenile aged 16 or 17 years old more than 10 times between 2017 and 2019.

He's also been charged with kidnapping after one instance in which he activated the emergency lights of his squad, turned off the dash camera, and took the teen into custody in front of several witnesses.

On other occasions he would perform traffic stops on the child, asking them to step out of the vehicle, at which point he would kiss the victim.

Demmerly claimed to be in love with the victim, and even as recently as last month continued to contact them expressing his feelings and saying he had hopes they could have a relationship.

During the course of his apparent infatuation, Demmerly would call and text the victim repeatedly.

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He also sent photos of himself with a gun to his head, threatening suicide if the victim didn't spend time with him. He also made them activate location services on their iPhone, and forced them to share their location via the "Find My Friends" service.

The victim was able to describe to police the inside of Demmerly's home, where they had spent the night on multiple occasions.

They said that more than once Demmerly had provided them and other teens with alcohol and told them to spend the night. On one occasion, the victim said they'd woken up naked in his house and unable to recall what happened the night before.

Correction: An earlier version of this story identified the victim as a girl. The criminal complaint issued in this case does not mention the gender of the victim, and awe have updated this story accordingly. We apologize for the error.

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