North Branch man charged with felony criminal sexual contact

A North Branch man, who ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the North
Branch School Board in 2010, has been charged with a felony count of
fourth degree criminal sexual conduct in Isanti County.

Luke Reiter
luke.reiter@ecm-inc.com

A North Branch man, who ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the North Branch School Board in 2010, has been charged with a felony count of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct in Isanti County.
According to the criminal complaint, Robert Eugene Newman, 46, engaged in sexual contact with a young adult between the ages of 16 and 18 at a residence on Jan. 11.

Two days later, an investigator with the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office met with the minor who reported the incident, which involved sexual touching. There was no penetration, the complaint indicated.

Newman appeared before Judge Todd Schoffelman Jan. 14 in Isanti County District Court where bail was set at $50,000 without conditions or $30,000 with conditions. Newman did post the $30,000 bail with conditions. There is a domestic/no contact order in place, as part of his conditions of release.

Newman’s next court appearance is set for Feb. 3. A conviction could result in a 10-year prison term and a $20,000 fine.

According to court records, Newman was previously convicted of second degree criminal sexual conduct in Hennepin County in 1994 when he lived in Hopkins, Minn. He was sentenced to treatment through Project Pathfinders, a nonprofit agency that deals with issues of sexual abuse.

As a condition of his probation after the 1994 conviction, Newman was barred from solitary contact with juvenile females. His probation concluded in 2005 and his prior count was reduced to a misdemeanor.

 

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