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Lutgen charged with felony sex crime

Jay Allen Lutgen, 19, of Bemidji, was charged Monday with first degree criminal sexual conduct involving a victim under the age of 13, a serious felony.

Bail was set at $50,000. His next court date is Sept. 4.

Lutgen is accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl on several occasions throughout several months.

According to the criminal complaint, deputies with the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office were called to North Country Regional Hospital on Aug. 21 in regard to a sexual assault of a child.

On Aug. 23 investigators with the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office and Child Protection Human Services observed a forensic interview during which the child said Lutgen had sexually assaulted her.

Lutgen was arrested Aug. 23.

If convicted, Lutgen could face up to 30 years in prison and a $40,000 fine.