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McIntosh, Minn., man acquitted of rape charge

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Jeremy Allen Jerdee

A jury acquitted a McIntosh, Minn., man on allegations that he raped a child.

The trial for 40-year-old Jeremey Allen Jerdee began Monday and jurors returned a verdict on Wednesday night. He faced a charge of first-degree criminal sex conduct, which held a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a minimum of 12 years behind bars.

Jerdee still has another case pending that echoes allegations made in the recently concluded trial. He faces a first- and a second-degree charge of criminal sex conduct.

Neither the defense lawyer or prosecutor responded Thursday to messages about the case.

A criminal complaint said Jerdee repeatedly sexually assaulted a boy for years, beginning when the child was 7 or 8. The child confided in a friend after being assaulted and later confessed to being repeatedly assaulted during a forensic interview in November 2016, the complaint said.

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The two remaining charges Jerdee faces were filed in 2018. Another child reported in August 2018 that Jerdee had repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted her for years since she was 8 years old, the complaint said.

Both children reported that they were ashamed or scared to report the assault, according to court documents.

A hearing is scheduled for June 27 on the pending allegations.

Related Topics: CRIME AND COURTS
Tess covers crime and courts for the Grand Forks Herald. She previously worked for the Associated Press, Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha World-Herald and The Voice News. Reach her at (701) 780-1267, twilliams@gfherald.com or on Twitter @ByTessWilliams.
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