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Svea man gets stayed sentence, 10 years of probation for molestation of 10-year-old girl

WILLMAR -- Gerald Raymond Ohman, 55, of Svea, was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison, which was stayed, 10 years of probation, plus a 10-year conditional release period and a $1,500 fine on a felony charge of second-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct for molesting a 10-year-old girl.

He was also ordered to serve 172 days in jail, with credit for 172 days already served. Ohman was ordered to complete psychosexual and chemical dependency evaluations, register as a predatory offender, have no contact with the victim or her family and no contact with minor females wi-thout probation ap-proval.

As part of a plea ag-reement in Kandiyohi County District Court, two gross misdemeanor charges for fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct were dismissed.

The charges were filed after a woman reported in early April that her 10-year-old daughter had been molested by Ohman, a resident of the same apartment building as the family. The woman alleged that Ohman put his hand down her daughter's pants while the girl was staying at a relative's home in March.

The woman said she confronted Ohman about the allegations and that he got angry and pounded on the walls of the apartment.

When interviewed, the girl told investigators she went to Ohman's apartment to get eggs and that he put his hand in her pants once. She said she told her relative, who also confronted Ohman.

In an interview, Ohman denied putting his hand on the girl. He said she spilled crackers and tuna fish on herself and that he used his hand and a cloth to clean up the spill.

He said his hand may have accidentally gone between the girl's pants and underwear, but that was all that happened.