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Grygla man faces sexual assault charges

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Grygla man faces sexual assault charges
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

MINNEAPOLIS - A 59-year-old Grygla man is accused of sexually abusing a girl under the age of 12 while on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

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Dean Earl Wilkens was indicted Wednesday in federal court in Minneapolis with three counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12.

Court papers accuse Wilkens engaged in a sexual act with the girl three times between December 2008 and December 2011.

According to a law enforcement affidavit filed in the case, the Federal Bureau of Investigation learned about the assault after the victim disclosed the abuse to a school official, who contacted law enforcement.

If convicted, Wilkens faces a potential maximum penalty of life in prison on each count.

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Pioneer staff reports
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