Braham man charged with two counts of felony criminal sexual conduct

A Braham man has been charged with two counts of felony, criminal sexual conduct, as a result of an incident that allegedly took place during a slumber party with young teenage girls.

Daniel Lee Strang, 37, was charged Feb. 12 before Judge James Dehn in Isanti County District Court in Cambridge with felony, 1st degree criminal sexual conduct where he was in a position of authority over the victim, and felony 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct.

Bail for Strang was set at $35,000 without conditions or $10,000 with conditions and his next court appearance is set for Feb. 21.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Feb. 10, at 4:28 a.m., Officer Eric Baumgart met with individuals at the Braham Police Department who wanted to report an incident involving a juvenile female regarding a possible criminal sexual assault that had taken place at a slumber party.

The victim explained Strang had provided alcohol to the juveniles at the slumber party. She stated she consumed six shots of vodka, became ill, and went into a bedroom where she fell asleep on a mattress on the floor.

The victim stated she felt someone pulling on her pants on a couple occasions, but did not wake up. She stated at one point she woke up and sat up, and felt Strang fondling her genital area.

After this happened, she reached out to the other girls at the party, and one of the girl’s mothers picked them up and brought them to the police department.

Officer Baumgart then met with Strang at his residence. He noted Strang appeared intoxicated, was lethargic, slurring his speech, and could smell alcohol on him.

Strang told Officer Baumgart he did not remember any of the activities that had occurred; however, he did admit to lying down on the floor next to the victim in the spare bedroom because he was taking care of her as she was ill from having too much to drink.