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Man currently in county jail pleads guilty to 2 charges in criminal sexual conduct cases

WILLMAR -- Brian Leland Koplin, 44, who is currently in the Kandiyohi County Jail, pleaded guilty Thursday to two felony charges of second-degree criminal sexual conduct for engaging in multiple sex acts with a young boy and for molesting a 12-year-old Willmar girl.

As part of a plea agreement entered in Kandiyohi County District Court, one of the charges was reduced from a first-degree charge and five other criminal sexual conduct charges will be dismissed. Koplin entered an Alford plea to the charge, under which he does not admit guilt but concedes there is likely enough evidence to convict him. He will be sentenced Dec. 8.

The charges in the girl's case were filed after a Willmar police detective and Kandiyohi County child protection worker interviewed the girl, now 17, on Dec. 28, 2007. The girl said Koplin lived with her family for about a year and that he touched her in a sexual manner on multiple occasions at their home in Willmar.

The girl also told the investigators that Koplin attempted sexual intercourse with her, but that she pushed him away. Koplin denied any sexual contact with the girl during a Jan. 7 interview with a county sheriff's detective. However, he confirmed living with the family and also confirmed that he was with the girl and a sibling alone.

The charges in the boy's case were filed after a Willmar police detective received a report in May from the Kandiyohi County Family Services that a now 15-year-old boy had disclosed that Koplin had sexually abused him when he was about 12 years old.

The detective and a social worker interviewed the boy, who said Koplin had lived with his family both near Willmar and in the city of Willmar. The boy related that Koplin had performed sex acts on him on several occasions at their home, in a vehicle and at another man's home and that Koplin had offered him methamphetamine.

Authorities interviewed Koplin, who said he lived with the family for about a year, starting in the summer of 2003, then moved to a home in Clara City and then to a home in rural Kandiyohi County. He denied inappropriate touching of the boy, but admitted it was possible that he had touched him accidentally while wrestling with him. Koplin admitted to using meth, but only on the weekends. He denied offering the drug to the boy.

Further investigation revealed that Koplin has two prior criminal sexual conduct convictions, dating from 1995 and 1996, in Morrison and Todd counties. According to the Department of Corrections Web site, Koplin was released from prison in April and is on intensive supervised release until August 2011. He had served an 88-month sentence for probation violations on Todd and Morrison cases.