Man sentenced for failure to report sex abuse
BEMIDJI - Sexual abuse that began four years ago in a Bemidji home was deemed to have gone on unchecked by the adoptive father of the victims.
For the crime of fifth-degree permitting sexual abuse, Gregory Brian-Will Thompson, 55, was sentenced to two years in jail, all but 120 days of which were stayed for two years. Thompson was also placed on two years probation. He was sentenced by Beltrami District Judge John Melbye on Monday.
Thompson is the adoptive father of the two victims, as well as the two juveniles who carried out the abuse. The first report of improper sexual contact came in November, 2008, according to the criminal complaint filed by the Beltrami County Attorney’s Office. One of the victims, in an interview with an employee of Beltrami County Health and Human Services, reported inappropriate touching by a boy living at the home.
In March, 2012, one of the victims told an unidentified mandatory reporter of abuse the two adopted boys living in the home were “obsessed with sex,” according to the complaint. The victim also reported the two boys had repeatedly tried to rape them.
One of the victims told investigators Thompson knew about the abuse, and had failed to report it. When investigators asked Thompson why he didn’t report the abuse, he said he thought it could be handled within the family. At one point, according to the complaint, Thompson told one of the victims not to report the abuse to a pastor, because that person was a mandatory reporter.
In an interview with the Family Advocacy Center of Northern Minnesota, both victims reported multiple instances of abuse. They also both stated they had informed Thompson of the acts, but nothing had been done to resolve the issue.
The two victims were extremely poised when they testified in court, according to Assistant County Attorney Dave Frank, and appeared determined to tell their story, in order to help achieve Thompson’s conviction.
The state was represented by Chief Assistant County Attorney Annie Claesson-Huseby.