Holm pleads guilty to felony criminal sexual conduct

By Rachel Kytonen

Mark Steven Holm, 54, of Stanchfield, pled guilty Sept. 2 to felony, 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct in front of Judge Tammi Fredrickson in 10th Judicial District Court in Cambridge.

Holm pled guilty to the charge that states the conduct occurred where the victim is at least 16 but less than 18 years of age, and the actor is more than 48 months older than the victim, and in a position of authority.

Mark Holm

Holm is the former area director of East Central Minnesota Young Life, and was charged Oct. 29, 2010, with three counts of felony 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct.

One additional charge of felony 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct, felony 4th degree criminal sexual conduct, and gross misdemeanor possession of obscene materials, were added to a new complaint filed March 31.

As a result of the plea agreement, the other five charges against Holm will be dismissed. Sentencing is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 18, at 9 a.m.

According to the criminal complaint, the sexual conduct occurred between May 1, 2010, and Oct. 27, 2010, at the 17-year old victim’s residence; at Castaway Camp, a Young Life youth camp; in the Young Life office in Cambridge; and at Holm’s residence in Stanchfield.

Judge Fredrickson told Holm he can have his GPS monitoring ankle bracelet removed as soon as possible. Holm has until next Wednesday to report to Isanti County Department of Corrections to schedule a time for a psychosexual evaluation.

The state’s case is being prosecuted by Andrew Johnson, an attorney with the Anoka County Attorney’s office, due to it being a conflict case for the Isanti County Attorney’s office.

Johnson brought up to Judge Fredrickson some concerns from a recent softball game that Holm had attended.

“If the victim is at a softball game or some church event, it’s Mr. Holm’s responsibility to leave,” Johnson said.

Judge Fredrickson agreed.

“There are still two no-contact orders in place,” Judge Fredrickson said. “It is not consistent with remorse if you don’t recognize those types of situations and leave.”

Judge Fredrickson advised Holm to demonstrate responsibility, and pointed out if his attorney is going to argue for a lesser sentence than the 11 months the state is seeking, he needs to show he takes responsibility for his actions.

During testimony between Holm and his attorney, John Conard, assistant public defender based in Cambridge, Holm admitted he was in a position of authority when the acts occurred, as being area director of Young Life, and the victim a member of Young Life.

“Our relationship began, and at same point, it evolved and changed into a romantic relationship,” Holm said during testimony. “We certainly became more than friends, and it became physically intimate and ultimately sexually intimate.”

When questioned by Conard, Holm said, “there is no disputes that what I did was wrong.”