Guilty plea entered in August 2009 molesting of a pre-schooler

A 20-year-old man who stayed periodically at an apartment in Braham,
entered a guilty plea Dec. 15 to sexually molesting the 4-year-old
daughter of a friend during the summer of 2009.

Evelyn Puffer
Contributing Writer

A 20-year-old man who stayed periodically at an apartment in Braham, entered a guilty plea Dec. 15 to sexually molesting the 4-year-old daughter of a friend during the summer of 2009.

Luke William Chester Skog entered what is known as an Alford/Norgaard plea to felony 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct. The Alford portion of the plea is not an admission of guilt but a realization that sufficient evidence exists that a guilty verdict is likely should it go to trial.

The Norgaard part of the plea is a procedure where a defendant enters a plea of guilty but is unable to recall facts of the alleged crime due to intoxication or amnesia.

According to the criminal complaint lodged against him in August 2009, Skog was said by the mother of the victim to stay at the Braham apartment when he was under the influence of controlled substances.

Skog appeared before Judge P. Hunter Anderson Dec. 15 where a pre-sentence investigation and psychosexual evaluation were ordered and a sentencing hearing set for Feb. 24.

He was released on his personal recognizance pending sentencing but ordered not to have contact with the victim, her mother, or any unsupervised contact with persons under 10 years.

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