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Bemidji man will spend no additional jail time in sexual conduct case

BEMIDJI—A Bemidji man who touched a woman's breast without her consent will spend no additional time in jail.

Austin Cleo Christopherson, 19, was sentenced Monday for fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct. A judge gave him 365 days in the Beltrami County Jail, with 350 of those days stayed. Because Christopherson received 15 days of credit for the time he spent in custody before his conviction, he will not have to return to jail unless he violates the conditions of his probation.

Christopherson was previously accused of penetrating the victim, who had consumed several shots of hard alcohol and was going in and out of consciousness, according to court documents. A charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct was dismissed Sept. 6.

Christopherson was then charged with fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct and pleaded guilty Sept. 7. As part of his probation, he is not allowed to have unsupervised contact with girls younger than 18, cannot use the internet without approval and must successfully complete an outpatient sex offender treatment program.

Grace Pastoor

Grace Pastoor covers crime, courts and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. Contact her at (218) 333-9796 or

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