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Bemidji woman, 73, charged with felony sex crime with 6-year-old

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BEMIDJI, Minn. - A 73-year-old Bemidji woman is accused of felony criminal sexual conduct with a 6-year-old autistic boy.

Janet Verjean Kern pleaded not guilty Aug. 7 in Beltrami County District to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim who is mentally impaired or helpless.

According to the criminal complaint, the boy reported that Kern had touched him inappropriately while she was not wearing clothing or underwear.

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