Charges: Trail of Terror supervisor sexually assaulted 3 teenage employees

Bryan Ellinger was arrested in January accused of raping a 15-year-old employee. Two more women have come forward accusing him of sexually assaulted them as teens.
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More charges have been filed against a former Trail of Terror and Minnesota Renaissance Festival supervisor after two more women have come forward, accusing him of sexually assaulting them when they worked for the Shakopee attractions as teenagers. 

Bryan Ellinger, 31, of Shakopee, has now been charged in connection to sexual assaults on three women when they were teenagers, with the alleged incidents occurring from 2012-2017. 

The charges filed in Scott County District Court this week come after two more victims came forward after learning of Ellinger's arrest in January. At that time, he was charged with raping a 15-year-old girl in 2013 when he was 24 and worked as her manager at Trail of Terror. 

Prosecutors say Ellinger frequently discusses his victims during jail calls, sometimes mocking them using sarcastic voices. Other times he admits to being a "predator," saying "I guess I have predatory behavior because I'm a predator. I'm into different things" and admits he needs therapy for his sex addiction but says he's never been "forceful," a criminal complaint says. 

Ellinger's attorney Richard Swanson told the Star Tribune Ellinger called him Wednesday and said he "is willing to talk about a resolution." Swanson added he is "in discussions" with the Scott County Attorney's Office, but declined to say more. 

The charges

According to the criminal complaints filed March 3, the second victim to speak to police about Ellinger said he was her direct supervisor when she worked for Trail of Terror in 2012 at age 15. 

She said one time Ellinger started hugging her and asked her to go with him to a festival trailer, saying "I'm your boss, it's going to be OK." She went with, and he raped her, charges state. Ellinger was 24.

She told police she remembered Ellinger "flocked" around girls her age and she believed there may be other girls who worked at Trail of Terror who Ellinger also sexually assaulted, the complaint says. The victim who came forward about the 2013 assaults that led to Ellinger's arrest also made similar comments. 

The third victim to report Ellinger sexually assaulted her told police she first met Ellinger when she worked at the Renaissance Festival and Trail of Terror in 2017, when she was 17. Ellinger, who was 28 at the time, was her direct supervisor. 

She told police he sexually assaulted her in a wine cooler on the festival grounds and at his mom's home in Shakopee, during which the victim said he "forced" her through manipulation to have a threesome with him and his girlfriend, who also reportedly worked at the festivals. 

The victim told police Ellinger would role play as if he was the abuser from her prior victimization by a family member, which made her feel degraded. She also said she still had Facebook messages from Ellinger from the time of the sexual assaults. 

Police reviewed jail phone call records in which Ellinger discusses the third victim, saying "I'm not worried about [the victim]. I knew that would come back and bite me in the butt." He also was heard telling his girlfriend to delete one of his Facebook accounts, telling her to "make up a story" if she's asked about it. 

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Ellinger is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and third-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection to the 2012 case. He is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection to the 2017 case.

Meanwhile, he was charged in January with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection to the 2013 case. 

Court records show Ellinger appeared in court on Thursday for a bail hearing. His bail was set at $400,00 and he remains jailed in Scott County as of Friday morning.

He has another court hearing scheduled for March 9.

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