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Alvin Wind gets stay of adjudication

Alvin John Wind Jr., 45, assistant chief of Leech Lake Tribal Police, was sentenced on June 7 in Cass County Court for gross misdemeanor fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Judge John Roue of Crookston traveled to Walker for the sentencing. He withheld adjudication and put Wind on two years' probation. Conditions of probation include remaining law abiding, no alcohol or illegal drugs, random testing, DNA sample and no contact with the victim. He must also serve 14 days in the Cass County Jail with credit for 12 days he served last month for violating his pre-sentence probation.

In a telephone interview from his Crookston home, Roue said there will be no conviction against Wind if he successfully completes his probation. Because of the stay of adjudication, Wind remains qualified to serve as a law enforcement officer.

Wind accepted an Alford Plea to the charge on Feb. 15 in Cass County District Court, acknowledging there is evidence against him, but not entering a standard guilty plea. The plea agreement also dropped another count of felony fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

According to the criminal complaint, a woman was interviewed as part of an investigation by the Cass County Sheriff's Department in March 2005. The complaint states that the woman indicated during the interview that in the early morning hours of Jan. 1, 2005, she was at a home in Pike Bay Township using the bathroom when Wind entered and forced his attentions on her.