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Man pleads guilty to attacking Brainerd school staffer in locker room

Charging documents detail the frightening attack.
Jared Allen-Tristen McCormack

A Brainerd man pleaded guilty Monday to attacking a female employee at Brainerd High School earlier this year. 

Jared Allen-Tristen McCormack, who turned 21 on May 7, was arrested Feb. 11 after attacking a 36-year-old woman who had gone to the high school early that morning for a run on school equipment, according to a criminal complaint. 

Video surveillance showed the woman enter the school around 4:40 a.m., with McCormick seen entering the locker room around 5:25 a.m. Following her run, the staffer goes into the same locker room around 6:20 a.m., and 23 minutes later she is seen frantically leaving the room. 

The victim told investigators that she finished her run and took a shower, and when she walked out of the shower she was grabbed from behind, with the attacker trying to pull her down.

She fought back and was able to escape, suffering scrapes to her knees in the process, the complaint says. 

She also described her attacker as a man wearing dark clothing with his face covered and smelling of smoke. McCormick's clothing in the surveillance footage was dark, and the jacket he was wearing upon entering the school was found in a garbage can near the locker room. 

Black pants he was seen wearing were also found in a garbage can in downtown Brainerd. 

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During his plea Monday, the Brainerd Dispatch reports McCormick admitted to putting his hands over the woman's mouth and neck in an attempt to make her pass out so she wouldn't recognize him. 

McCormick pleaded guilty to one of four charges – first-degree burglary with assault. He's also been charged with attempted kidnapping, fourth-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct, and fifth-degree assault. 

The criminal complaint notes that McCormick was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in 2017 and was not allowed on school grounds. 

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