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Minnesota hall of fame musician charged with grabbing breasts of woman with dementia at performance

Terrance Shaw

WILLMAR, Minn. — A well-known Minnesota music hall of fame performer, who was entertaining residents at a memory care facility earlier this spring in Willmar, has been charged with sexually touching one of the residents who has dementia.

Terrance Raymond Shaw, 72, of Willmar, faces two felony counts of criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree with a victim who was mentally impaired, mentally incapacitated or physically helpless.

Shaw — who was part of the 1970s-era rock-and-roll Shaw-Allen-Shaw Band that was inducted in the Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame — made his first court appearance Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court in Willmar.

An omnibus hearing is set for Aug. 21.

According to the criminal complaint, Shaw had finished performing at the facility April 6 when he approached a female resident and allegedly grabbed her breasts while talking to her.

Police were notified by a staff member who was watching on the facility's closed-circuit cameras.

The staff described the act as "obviously a direct grab of the breast," according to the complaint.

The report said the woman has dementia, does not comprehend Shaw's conduct and is not capable of providing a statement.

A detective who watched the video reported that Shaw allegedly grabbed the woman's right breast, appeared to "adjust his hand and grabbed again."

Shaw appeared to stand up as if to walk away but then allegedly bent down again over the woman, grabbed her left breast and moved his hand around, according to the complaint.

During an interview with police April 7, Shaw allegedly said he had only touched the woman's shoulder and that his hand may have inadvertently rubbed her breast.

In a written statement submitted to police April 10, Shaw said he recognized the woman, was going to touch her shoulder but was too far away and instead rested his hand on her side by her waist where he was surprised to realize he was touching her breast. Shaw said he removed his hand and said "whoops."

Shaw allegedly stated he did not intentionally touch the woman's breast, adding, "Why would I want to touch an older lady's sagging breast?"

The police report concludes with the observation that the woman is about two years younger than Shaw.

Shaw told police he performs for elderly people in various care facilities in this area as well as in Florida where he lives in the winter. He allegedly said he doesn't perform to "go out and grab old ladies."

The charge carries a maximum fine of 10 years in prison, a $20,000 fine or both.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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