Kelliher man pleads guilty to sex with 13-year-old
BEMIDJI -- A 23-year-old Kelliher man plead guilty Wednesday to a sex crime involving a 13-year-old girl last July.
Wickham was arrested July 16 in Northern Township where he was observed in a truck with a passenger who was later identified as a 13-year-old female, according to court documents. During Wickham’s arrest, he informed a Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office deputy he and the girl were talking but denied any sexual contact. A search of the vehicle revealed a used condom that contained DNA from both Wickham and the girl determined by a Bureau of Criminal Apprehension laboratory analysis. The girl informed the deputy she was aware she was not supposed to have any contact with Wickham, the criminal complaint stated.
Wickham faces a maximum penalty of imprisonment for not more than one year or to a payment of a fine of not more than $3,000, or both. He was originally facing a charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. Wickham is scheduled for sentencing on Sept. 8.