Alleged child molester fails to appear for sentencing

By Evelyn Puffer
Contributing Writer

A 21-year-old area man, charged in 2009 with molesting the 4-year-old daughter of a female friend, failed to appear for sentencing on one felony count of 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under 13 years July 7 and is now being sought on a warrant.

Luke William Chester Skog, who has been listed by the court at various times as homeless as well as living in Braham and in Hinckley, was reportedly allowed to stay at the friend’s apartment in Braham when he was intoxicated or using drugs.

Sometime between June and August 2009, he is alleged to have had sexual contact with the pre-schooler.

On Dec. 15, 2010, Skog entered what is known as an Alford/Norgaard 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 the case go to trial.

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