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Adult home employee sentenced for sex crime

BEMIDJI—A Bemidji man who sexually assaulted a vulnerable adult while he was employed at an area REM home was sentenced to 180 days in jail Monday.

Anthony Leonard Granger, 53, also received a stayed sentence of four years in prison. He will not have to spend any time in prison as long as he complies with the conditions of his probation for the next 15 years.

Anthony Leonard Granger

Granger, who received two days' credit for time served, was charged with the assault in July. According to a criminal complaint, he 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.

Court documents say that the victim had "significant" mental illnesses at the time of the assault and could not consent.

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.

As part of his probation, Granger must attend an outpatient sex offender treatment program, may not have contact with vulnerable adults and may not work in any capacity where he has power or authority over people younger or more vulnerable than he is.

Grace Pastoor

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