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Hastings man, convicted of criminal sexual conduct of infant, must serve 18 years in prison.

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

Dakota County District Judge Joseph Carter sentenced Michael Frederick Schmidt, 41, Hastings, to a sentence of 27 years, 18 of which must be served in prison. The remainder of the sentence must be on supervised probation, and Schmidt must register as a sexual offender.

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A jury convicted Schmidt in September of first-degree criminal sexual conduct of a nine-month old.

Following the rendering of the guilty verdict, the jury also found that aggravating factors (including the age of the victim and the extent of the injuries) existed to justify an upward departure from Minnesota sentencing guidelines. As part of Carter's order, Schmidt must have no contact with the victim or family, and must pay restitution.

Throughout the jury trial, Schmidt said he was innocent of the charge. On Monday, his attorney, Cheryl Warn, said there would be an appeal.

Hastings Police had charged Schmidt after an April 24 incident in which the girl had been brought to the emergency room at Regina Medical Center, Hastings. Due to the severity of the injuries, the girl was transported by ambulance to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where her injuries were surgically repaired.

In a statement to hospital personnel and police, Schmidt said he and his wife had been babysitting the girl at their home in Hastings. He said her injuries occurred when he was changing her diaper. When she began to roll off a couch, Schmidt said he grabbed at the girl to keep her from falling. He said a hangnail caused the injuries to her body.

Medical personnel at the hospital said that the nature and extent of the jury "is highly inconsistent with Schmidt's explanation of how it was caused."

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