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High school student accused of sex crimes involving young girls

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An 18-year-old high school student from North Oaks, Minn., has been charged with sexually assaulting two girls, ages 12 and 13, in a park in Arden Hills.

Alexander Patrick Lindeke was arrested Friday at White Bear Lake High School and was charged Monday with two felony counts of criminal sexual conduct, according to the Ramsey County attorney's office.

According to the criminal complaint, Lindeke and the 12-year-old girl met online on the website. He persuaded her to send him a graphic video of herself and then arranged to meet her at Cummings Park in Arden Hills on May 25.

When the girl and her 13-year-old friend met him at the park, Lindeke threatened to make the video public unless both girls performed a sex act on him in the back of his car, according to the complaint.

The two girls reported the incident to police a few days later.

“Unfortunately, there are still men in our community who think it is okay to exploit vulnerable young girls for their own sexual gratification,” Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said in a statement. “As a community, we need to get serious about how we educate our boys so they understand that girls and women are not sexual objects to be exploited, but must be valued and treated with respect.”

Lindeke had enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard in late December and was scheduled to attend basic training in August, according to WCCO.

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