Man recently convicted of sex crime now charged with raping teen in park

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A man who four months ago was convicted of criminal sexual conduct is now accused of raping a teenager at a public park in a central Minnesota town.

Charges filed against Robert Lowell Holden III Friday say he drove to Robinson Park in Pine City Tuesday night and located the 17-year-old girl, whom he had friended on Facebook and texted, but never met in person.

She told police she had not invited him to come, but did tell him where she was. When he showed up and the girl refused to get in his car, he approached her on the playground, then restrained and sexually assaulted her despite her telling him no and trying to push him away, according to the charges.

The 27-year-old stopped when he heard yelling from a nearby bar, then fled, the charges say.

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According to the complaint, in an interview with police, Holden told investigators he knew what he was doing was wrong and that she repeatedly told him to stop, but he continued doing it anyway.

He'd been convicted of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct in January in Anoka County, and as part of his probation wasn't supposed to have unsupervised conduct with female adolescents.

Pine City County Attorney Reese Frederickson told BringMeTheNews the park is "in the middle of the town square essentially," and called the case "shocking."

Holden, who is from Wyoming, Minnesota, is charged with first-, second-, and third-degree criminal sexual conduct. A conviction on such charges could bring up to 70 years in prison and a fine. Bail was set at a court hearing Friday.

Holden is due in court again May 20.

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