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Bemidji man pleads guilty to sex assault of vulnerable adult

BEMIDJI—A Bemidji man accused of sexually assaulting a vulnerable adult while employed at an area REM home pleaded guilty Nov. 14 to third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Anthony Leonard Granger, 53, was charged with the assault in July. According to a criminal complaint Granger, whose title at the time of the assault was "direct support provider," took the victim into her room at the adult foster home on June 11 and performed sexual acts on her. He then told her to perform a sexual act on him, the complaint said.

The victim had "significant" mental illness at the time of the assault, documents say.

The foster care program manager became aware of the incident in early July after the resident told the staff that she had had sex with Granger. The manager informed Beltrami County deputies of the report.

In a statement given at the Family Advocacy Center of Northern Minnesota, the victim said that "Tony" brought her into her room, closed the door and shades, and sexually abused her, the complaint said. Granger then opened the shades and left the room.

After investigators received the report they spoke with Granger, who admitted to the sexual abuse and said that he knew the victim could not consent, the complaint said.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 29 for sentencing.

Grace Pastoor

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