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Warrant issued for man, 23, in alleged rape of 14-year-old at Sonshine Fest

Update: The sex charges against KC Shannon Johns of Rochester, Minn., listed in West Central Tribune stories published Aug. 28, 2009, and Sept. 3, 2009, were dismissed. The dismissal was filed March 3, 2010, by the Kandiyohi County Attorney's office and a West Central Tribune story on the dismissal was published on March 19, 2010.

WILLMAR -- A arrest warrant was issued Thursday for a 23-year-old Rochester man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in July at the Sonshine Music Festival.

KC Shannon Jones will be charged with one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct in Kandiyohi County District Court. According to the complaint, also filed Thursday, a 14-year-old Claremont girl's mother notified Willmar police on July 19 that her daughter said she'd been raped on July 13 or 14 at the Willmar event. The girl had been camping with a Kasson church group that included two chaperones, five boys and two girls.

Investigators confirmed Jones' identification with one of the chaperones, who said she was a friend of Jones. The chaperone also said she'd seen the girl leaning on Jones and considered the girl to be boy-crazy.

A Dodge County investigator interviewed the girl, who said the group had met Jones at Wal-Mart and that he camped near them. She said the church group was drinking and smoking at the campsite, that she was making out with Jones and told him she was 14 years old. She said Jones told her to take off her clothing, or that he would do it for her, and then he sexual assaulted her. She positively identified Jones in his driver's license photo.

A Willmar detective interviewed Jones on July 29 in Rochester. He confirmed he was at Sonshine, met the group at Wal-Mart, and shared a blanket with the girl at the campsite, but denied sexual contact with the girl.

Gretchen Schlosser

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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