District Court, Kandiyohi County, Oct. 15
n Christopher Lyle Pesch, 25, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of fifth-degree controlled substance.
As part of a plea agreement, he also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of having no proof of vehicle insurance and driving after suspension. Two additional misdemeanor charges will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Nov. 20.
The charges were filed after an incident around 1:20 a.m. June 2. A Willmar police officer stopped Pesch on a motorcycle along a service road to Business Highway 71. The officer had been advised by a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy that the owner of the cycle, a yellow Suzuki, had a suspended driver's license and warrants for his arrest. The deputy has also reported seeing the cycle in a Willmar business parking lot.
The officer ran Pesch's registration and verified the suspended status and warrants. He stopped the vehicle in a motel parking lot and asked if he was Christopher Pesch. Pesch said he was his brother and gave another name, he said the cycle was insured, but that he didn't have the insurance card with him.
The officer pulled the driving record of the name Pesch gave and noted that the photo from the Department of Vehicle Services didn't match. The officer arrested Pesch after he admitted to his real name.
A woman at the location handed over Pesch's backpack, which was searched and found to contain a plastic bag of a clear, crystal-like substance that tested positive as 0.8 grams of methamphetamine. The officer also found a police scanner in the backpack.
- Two felony third- and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charges against Augustine Sanchez, 19, of Willmar, were dismissed by the prosecuting attorney on Sept. 24.
According to court documents, the dismissal was necessary because the 15-year-old victim in the case had told Sanchez she was 16 years old.
Sanchez was one of two men charged in the case. The charges, two felony charges of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, against Emmanuel Briones, 25, of Willmar, remain in effect. His next appearance is Nov. 10.
Willmar police learned of the incident when the two victims, both 15 at the time, were brought to a medical clinic by their parents/guardians on the evening of July 15. The girls had run away the previous day.
The girls told an investigator they had gone to a house on Olena Avenue. At some point during the evening, the girls allegedly had sex with Sanchez and Briones. The girls told Willmar police they stayed at the house until 6:30 a.m. the next day, when Briones walked them home.
- Two felony charges for violating the registration requirements of a predatory offender against Joseph Robert Jennum, 29, of Lino Lakes, were dismissed Oct. 3.
The charges were dismissed in an omnibus order by Judge Michael J. Thompson, who ruled there was insufficient probable cause for the charges, based on several factors including that Jennum was not ordered to register in 1997, when he was ordered as an adjudicated delinquent on a criminal sexual conduct case.
The charges were filed after local police were informed in October 2007 that Jennum was non-compliant with his requirements to register as a predatory offender. His last known address was the Willmar Regional Treatment Center. He had been released in September to an unknown address in Willmar. Police investigated and later found out from Stearns County officials that he was staying with a woman in Willmar and that she was pregnant with his child. In November, the woman called local police and informed them that she wanted him arrested on an outstanding warrant from Stearns County. He was arrested and gave the woman's address when he was booked into the jail.