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Court dismisses molestation charges against Wayzata businessman

Charges against Wayzata businessman William Franklin Wanner, who was accused on two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, were dismissed Monday in Hennepin County Court. The dismissal came after the state was presented with an affidavit where the alleged victim, who was 10 at the time of the allegations, denied that any abuse at the Minneapolis Club had taken place.
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Charges against a prominent Wayzata businessman accused on two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct were dismissed Monday in Hennepin County Court.

The dismissal came after the state was presented with an affidavit where the alleged victim, a young girl, denied that any abuse at the Minneapolis Club had taken place, the Pioneer Press reported.

William Franklin Wanner, 69, was accused in December 2009 of twice molesting the then-10-year-old victim, who was the daughter of an acquaintance, in the swimming pool and a hot tub at the club.

After the dismissal, Wanner broke his silence after nearly three years about the case, KMSP-TV reported.

Wenner, CEO of Wanner Engineering in Minneapolis, said the case was "gut wrenching" and added, "I will go to my grave thinking about this."

See KMSP's video below of Wanner talking after court Monday.

KMSP-TV

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