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Man gets less than a year in jail for sexually assaulting minors

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A 19-year-old Northfield man who admitted to having sex with two underage girls on separate occasions was sentenced to 361 days in jail – time which he's already served, meaning he will be released on probation, KSTP reports.

Michael Lyle Stucky Jr. pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, the Dakota County Attorney's Office announced Monday. The office says Stucky messaged a 15-year-old girl on Facebook in August of 2013, and eventually traveled to her Rosemount home where he raped the victim.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Stucky, the victim attempted to push him away and told him to stop multiple times, after he began kissing her. But he "became more aggressive" and raped her, the complaint says. Stucky claimed it was consensual, and he did not know how old she was.

The other charge involved a 13-year-old girl he met, the attorney's office said, but they did not provide additional details. The Star Tribune reports that victim described a similar event in the criminal complaint.

Stucky was 18 years old at the time of the incidents.

Nearly a year ago, the county attorney's office issued a press release announcing charges against Stucky. Information obtained during the investigation opened up the possibility of more victims, and the office asked anyone who may have been victimized to come forward.

County Attorney James Backstrom told the Star Tribune a plea deal avoids forcing the victims to testify in the trial.

In the press release, the county lays out conditions for Stucky's deal: 15 years on probation and a $50 fine; Stucky must comply with sex offender treatment and register as a predatory offender; and if he does not "remain law abiding" he could serve four years in jail.

“Predatory behavior targeting children similar to what occurred in this case is a far bigger problem than most parents realize," Backstrom said in the release. "Parents should discuss this issue with their children and encourage them to let their parents know of any solicitation attempts made against them, or other inappropriate activity they encounter, while using the Internet.”

Penalty for third-degree criminal sexual conduct, as described in Minnesota statutes, is up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $30,000. The statute notes there are clauses for which the sentence can be stayed, including if it is in the best interest of the victim or family unit.

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