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Moe pleads to check theft, crim sex charges

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

WILLMAR -- Jason Christopher Moe, 25, formerly of Atwater, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of liability for crimes of another - theft by check and an amended fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charge.

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The pleas were entered in two separate cases in Kandiyohi County District Court. The first included eight felony charges for theft and dishonored checks against Moe for writing almost $78,000 in bad checks in the spring of 2008. He was originally charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct for committing a sex act on a 6-year-old girl in January 2008.

Moe will be sentenced Feb. 1. Judge Kathryn N. Smith ordered him to cooperate with a presentence investigation and a psychosexual evaluation. Court documents list his address as the Gage County, Neb., Detention Center.

The criminal sexual conduct charge was filed after a woman reported that a 6-year-old girl had told her that Moe had sexually touched her. The girl was interviewed by a detective and a social worker and said that Moe had done the act in a barn and told the girl not to tell because he'd kill her.

The theft and dishonored check charges were filed after Moe and his fiancée, Jeannie Marie Holt, wrote bad checks for purchases totaling $77,979.66 in Kandiyohi and Stevens counties. The purchases included a snowmobile, snowmobile clothing, an all-terrain vehicle, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, a mattress and box spring, ATV accessories and repairs, a trailer, the adoption of a dog from the Humane Society, a limousine trip and two vehicles. The purchases were made between February and April 2008.

Holt was sentenced in January to five years of probation, 60 days in the county jail and 20 hours of community service on three felony charges for her role. She was also ordered to pay $9,127 in restitution, and to obtain and maintain employment or provide proof of her efforts to get a job to her probation officers. As part of a plea agreement, five additional felony charges were dismissed. Holt received a stay of imposition on her sentence, which means if she complies with the court's conditions, the convictions will be reduced to misdemeanors after five years.

During the plea hearing, Moe said he was under the understanding that he'd receive a large inheritance from a grandparent and that he'd helped Holt write the checks. He didn't receive the inheritance, but he and Holt kept buying items and writing checks.

Much of the property was returned, but restitution in Moe's case is listed at $8,238.

According to the complaint, the checks were written for $3,800 for a used Arctic Cat snowmobile from a private citizen, $690 in snowmobile clothing and accessories from Spicer Sports and Marine, $8,101.31 for a Polaris ATV and $120.73 in repairs from Motor Sports of Willmar.

The checks also included $18,760.45 for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle from Apol's in Raymond and $595 for a queen-size bed and ATV accessories from Surplus Warehouse.

A check was also written for $160 to the Humane Society of Kandiyohi County for the adoption of a dog. Two insufficient funds checks were written for $1,300 to Fantasy Limo of New London in March and $44,480.56 in bad checks written in April to Value Ford in Morris for two vehicles: a 2003 Ford Explorer and a 2000 Ford F-350.

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Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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