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Teen, already in sex offender treatment, faces new sex charge

WILLMAR -- A 17-year-old boy, who is already in sex offender treatment for molesting three young girls, made his first appearance Monday on a third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge for allegedly committing sex acts with a 13-year-old boy at a Willmar residential care facility.

Joseph Leroy Driscoll, who is at Village Ranch in rural Cokato, was ordered to remain at the facility. His next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court is May 13.

Driscoll was sentenced in November to sex offender treatment, community service and probation until his 21st birthday on three felony counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The boy received extended juvenile jurisdiction, under which he received both a juvenile sentence and an adult sentence. The adult sentence is enacted if he fails to comply with the juvenile sentence. The adult sentence included 39 months in prison, plus a 10-year conditional release period.

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

According to the new complaint, in November a county sheriff's detective received a report from child protection services that a 13-year-old boy, along with Driscoll and other boys, had performed a variety of sex acts on each other while at Greater Minnesota Shelter Care between August and September of 2008. The report also included that the boys played "space monkey" where they would cover each other's nose and mouth and cause each other to pass out.

The detective interviewed the boy in December and he confirmed the information in the report. Driscoll was also interviewed and allegedly said the boy had asked him numerous times for sex acts and that the activity was consensual.

Information from the care facility confirmed that the boys were residents of the facility for the same period of time in August and September of last year.