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Golden Valley man pleads guilty to criminal sexual conduct

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Nigel Raymond Brown, 29, of Golden Valley, Minn., pleaded guilty to serious felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a 13-15-year-old girl Monday, Aug. 24, in Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof.

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His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 26. Meanwhile, he remains in the Beltrami County Jail.

According to the criminal complaint, in January, a 14-year-old girl introduced her 13-year-old girlfriend to Brown through an Internet site. Brown and the 13-year-old began communicating online and arranged to meet near the girl's Cass Lake home in May. At that time, they had sexual intercourse in Brown's car. In June, Brown returned and he and the 13-year-old again engaged in sex at two Bemidji motels.

The mother of the 14-year-old found out about the sexual activity through her daughter and reported the situation.

Bemidji Police officers went to a Bemidji motel where Brown was staying, knocked on Brown's door and were admitted to the room. He said the girl in the room was his niece, but there was significant evidence of sexual activity in the room, including used and unused condoms.

Brown said he knew the girl's age and that having sexual intercourse with her was wrong.

The maximum penalty for serious felony criminal sexual conduct with someone 13-15 years old by someone 24 months older is 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

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