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Willmar teen sentenced in rape case

WILLMAR -- Aaron Michael Schueller, 19, of Willmar, was sentenced Tuesday to 110 days at Prairie Lakes Youth Programs, probation until his 21st birthday and 100 hours of community service on an amended charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct for raping a 12-year-old girl after driving her home from a high school football game last October.

As part of his sentence in Kandiyohi County District Court, Schueller was also ordered to complete an adult sex offender treatment program, register as a predatory offender, have no contact with the girl, her family or juvenile females and make an affirmative effort to get his high school diploma. He was given credit for 110 days already served at Prairie Lakes.

Judge Donald M. Spilseth ordered Schueller be placed on extended juvenile jurisdiction, under which he will be treated as a juvenile until his 21st birthday. Under that jurisdiction, he must comply with the juvenile sentence or face an adult sentence of 48 months in prison. The adult sentence was ordered stayed pursuant to Tuesday's juvenile disposition.

Felony matters against 16- and 17-year-olds are public record.

According to the petition, a Willmar police detective was informed April 30 by a Kandiyohi County Family Services report that a now 13-year-old girl had been raped by Schueller after a Willmar High School football game.

The detective interviewed the girl on May 7. She said she was sick the night of the game and wasn't supposed to go out. She said Schueller called her and said he would take her to the game and then bring her home. She said he was playing in the pep band. The girl told investigators that Schueller brought her home after the game and came in to get a CD. Once inside her bedroom, he forced himself on her and had sex with her. She said he knew she was 12 and that they had sex on two other occasions.

Schueller admitted to having sex with the girl. He said it was voluntary. He also said he didn't know her age, then recalled she was an eighth grader and was 13.