Minnesota cop who attempted suicide now accused of sexually abusing children

Julio Baez-Cisneros is accused of sexual misconduct with a person younger than 13.
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The police officer in Kasson, Minnesota, who attempted suicide in early June is accused of sexually abusing two children over a period of more than a decade.

Kasson Police Officer Julio Baez-Cisneros, 51, was found lying in a grassy area in rural Mantorville with self-inflicted gunshot wounds on the morning of June 2. 

Baez-Cisneros, of St. Charles, Minnesota, was airlifted to the Mayo Clinic's Saint Marys Hospital for emergency care and survived. 

But on Thursday, it emerged that he is being held in Olmsted County Jail on felony charges, accused of criminal sexual conduct with two children.

According to his criminal complaint, the first victim, who was born in 1993, alleged he'd been abused by Baez-Cisneros between the ages of 5 and 16.

This abuse comprised of various sexual acts, which he forced on him on a regular basis over the 11-year period.

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Baez-Cisneros has been charged in Olmsted County, where he lived for five years in the city of Byron between 2006 and 2011, during which time he carried out some of the alleged abuse on the boy when he was between 12-17 years old.

The second victim, born in 1988, told police she was abused by Baez-Cisneros from the age of 4, and continued well into her adulthood across various locations, including in Rice County and Dodge County as well as Byron.

She too was forced and coerced into sexual acts with him, including intercourse, over a 19-year period.

Biaz-Cisneros has been charged with three counts of felony criminal sexual conduct.

He was found with self-inflicted gunshot wounds on Saturday, June 2, two days before police interviewed the first victim alleging abuse at his hands. The second victim spoke with police on June 8.

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