Local predatory offender arrested at State Fair

A level 3 predatory sexual offender who moved to Bradford Township in August 2016 has been charged with criminal sexual conduct due to alleged incidents at the Minnesota State Fair.

Jeffrey Thomas Pendzimas

Jeffrey Thomas Pendzimas, 62, was charged Aug. 30 in Ramsey County District Court in St. Paul with felony fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct-non consensual; and felony fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct-lewd exhibition-under age 16 present. Bail was ordered at $100,000 and his next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 13.

The alleged incident occurred on Aug. 28 around 2 p.m. at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights when an officer was informed by a citizen that Pendzimas was exposing himself and inappropriately touching other people.

According to the criminal complaint, Pendzimas has five prior felony convictions: interference with privacy of a minor and four indecent exposures. He has three prior gross misdemeanor convictions for indecent exposure. He has a prior gross misdemeanor conviction for criminal sexual conduct in the fifth-degree.

Pendzimas’ first indecent exposure arrest was in 1979 where he was convicted of disorderly conduct on that case.
On Feb. 12, 2012, Pendzimas was sentenced on a felony indecent exposure in the presence of a minor pursuant from an offense date of June 3, 2011.

According to the criminal complaint:
An officer on foot patrol at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds around 2 p.m. Aug. 28 was approached by a person who said Pendzimas was exposing himself to people and had been chased into the Coliseum. Officers went to the Coliseum and got control of Pendzimas. While officers were identifying Pendzimas, they heard a call come over their radio about a man exposing himself at the CHS Miracle of Birth Center. The description provided over the radio matched Pendzimas’ description.

The officer made contact with a woman who had been at the Miracle of Birth Center with her young son and young nephew. The woman felt a hand reach into her shorts from the bottom and squeeze. The woman turned around and made eye contact with Pendzimas thinking it was an accident. The woman moved away before she turned and looked at Pendzimas who was standing right behind her. The woman then saw Pendzimas expose himself and she screamed for help. Pendzimas turned around and fled.

Another witness told officers she was standing behind Pendzimas and the woman in the Miracle of Birth Center when the woman yelled. The witness saw Pendzimas adjusting the front of his pants as he fled. Two other witnesses identified Pendzimas as the man who had been chased from the building.

On Aug. 29, an officer spoke to a fair employee who witnessed the incident. The employee said she entered the Miracle of Birth Center with a mother who had four children under the age of six with her. The employee helped the mother and her children see the animals. The employee felt someone elbow her from behind and she turned around and saw a “scruffy” 60-year-old white male behind her. The man was touching himself in front of the employee and the four children. A woman next to the employee screamed and the man ran.

Pendzimas was advised of his constitutional rights and agreed speak to a sergeant. Pendzimas said he had no idea why he had been arrested and denied he had been running when officers approached him. He denied doing anything wrong. When asked what he was doing in the Miracle of Life Center, Pendzimas said he didn’t know.