Rush City man charged with criminal sexual conduct

A Rush City man is facing four charges of criminal sexual conduct stemming from an alleged incident that took place in an Isanti County residence in November.

Matthew Gene Kranick, 22, was charged in Isanti County District Court on Monday, Dec. 10 before Judge James Dehn with the following:

• Felony 4th Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct where the victim is between the ages of 13-15 years-old and the actor is at least 48 months older.

• Felony 4th Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct where the victim is mentally impaired or helpless.

• Felony 4th Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct where the victim is mentally impaired or helpless.

• Gross Misdemeanor 5th Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct-Nonconsensual Sexual Contact.

Judge Dehn set bail at $100,000 without conditions or $30,000 with conditions and Kranick’s next court appearance is set for Dec. 20.

Court records show Kranick was convicted of gross misdemeanor 5th degree criminal sexual conduct in March 2009 in Chisago County and received an amended sentence in November 2010 for violating conditions of his probation.

On Nov. 29, 2012, a warrant was issued in Chisago County for Kranick’s arrest after being charged with two felony counts of knowingly violating the predatory offender requirement or intentionally providing false information.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Nov. 18 at 5:24 a.m., Deputy Brandon Oliver was dispatched to a residence in Isanti County on a report of criminal sexual conduct that had just taken place in the residence.

Deputy Oliver was informed Kranick had left the residence in a vehicle, but as he was en route, he learned Kranick had returned to the residence and tried to run over the complainant.

Deputy Oliver met with the complainant at the residence who informed him Kranick had touched a juvenile female in a sexual manner at the residence.

Deputy Oliver spoke to one of the alleged victims who said she had been sleeping when she felt something touch her leg and continue to move up her leg. When she woke up, she saw Kranick leave the room and head into another bedroom of another juvenile female.

This juvenile female stated she was also sleeping when she felt a hand touch her leg and continue to move up her leg. She stated she woke up and yelled at him and he ran out of the residence.

The complaint indicates since both juveniles were sleeping at the time of the incident, it meets the definition of physically helpless.

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