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Former CL-B school administrator sentenced

Carl Eugene Remmers, 66, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty Feb. 8 and was sentenced in Beltrami County District Court April 29 for gross misdemeanor criminal sexual conduct, amended from serious felony fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 275 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve 90 days in jail with credit for two days served; serve two years of supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $1,083; make restitution; undergo random searches; submit DNA sample; have no contact with victim; complete sex offender treatment; have no contact with persons younger than 18; have no pornography; not use the Internet; not leave Minnesota; and register.

At 6:45 p.m. July 18, a 17-year-old boy reported to a Bemidji Police officer that he had been inappropriately touched by Remmers while he was in Remmers' office in the Alternative Learning Center in Cass Lake. The boy said Remmers drove him to Bemidji to purchase some clothes. Afterward, Remmers took the boy to a Bemidji hotel and reserved a room. The boy said Remmers approached him in the hotel room from the side and grabbed both his genitals and his buttock. The boy said Remmers told him that he wanted to see him naked.

The boy said he asked Remmers if they could go to a restaurant. The boy said they went to a restaurant and while they were there, Remmers gave him $100. The boy then excused himself to go the bathroom and left the building.

The boy said he grabbed his clothes out of Remmers' car and then jumped over the fence behind the restaurant. He said he then ran behind some businesses, through the cemetery and to a friend's house in Nymore.

According to the complaint, a Bemidji Police investigator checked with the hotel in question and confirmed that Remmers had rented the room on July 18. He was also able to confirm the purchase of the clothing items described by the boy at a Bemidji shopping center and also confirmed that those purchases had been made by Remmers.

Police then arranged for the boy to place a phone call to Remmers. During that conversation, Remmers said he did not know why he had touched the boy inappropriately, claiming that he had taken some pills. He said that he was sorry and asked the boy to forgive him. When the boy told Remmers he was going to report the incident, Remmers hung up on him.