Isanti man sentenced to 53 months after victim’s friends report sexual assault

A 20-year-old Isanti man has been sentenced to 53 months in prison for a
sexual assault on a teen girl that had been reported, not by the
victim, but by two of her friends.

Evelyn Puffer
Contributing Writer

A 20-year-old Isanti man has been sentenced to 53 months in prison for a sexual assault on a teen girl that had been reported, not by the victim, but by two of her friends.

The victim told investigators she had left school shortly after 9 a.m. April 20, 2010 and gone to the residence of Weston Donald Knapp where she watched movies with Knapp and two mutual friends.

The next thing she remembered, she said, was being home and it was 7:30 p.m. She later recalled being forced to drink a dark colored liquid she believed to be hard alcohol.

According to the criminal complaint, Isanti Police investigators found her to still be disoriented when they went to her residence and she said her memory was “fuzzy” about everything following the second hour of school that day.

It was the two friends who had gone to Isanti Police after the incident to report the sexual assault by Knapp that one of them had witnessed.

Originally charged with felony 1st degree criminal sexual conduct, Knapp pleaded guilty Dec. 22 to one count of felony 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct-victim helpless or impaired.

On Feb. 9 he was sentenced by Judge P. Hunter Anderson to 53 months at the Minnesota Correctional Facility at St. Cloud.

He was fined $135, ordered to pay $6361 restitution to the victim for counseling costs and is required to register as a predatory offender.

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