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Corrections officer faces sex charges

News Bemidji,Minnesota 56619
Bemidji Pioneer
Corrections officer faces sex charges
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

GRAND RAPIDS – A corrections officer faces felony charges on accusations he engaged in multiple acts of sexual misconduct with a female inmate while working at the state correctional facility in Togo.

During a court hearing this week, bail for James Allen Bongaarts, 56, of Tower has been set at $50,000 without conditions, or $25,000 with conditions. His next court appearance is Jan. 14.

Bongaarts faces two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, four counts of third-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct and one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The Itasca County Attorney’s office said the alleged acts took place over the last two months.

Bongaarts is being held at the Itasca County Jail.

Pioneer staff reports