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New Ulm man ordered to prison for molesting girl, 8, in 2006

WILLMAR -- Dino John Bastian, 39, of New Ulm, was ordered Thursday to serve 21 months in prison on a felony charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct for molesting an 8-year-old girl in May 2006.

The stay of execution on Bastian's prison sentence was ordered revoked by Judge Michael J. Thompson in Kandiyohi County District Court. Bastian was also ordered to serve a 10-year conditional release period upon completion of his prison term.

Bastian had been sentenced in July 2008 to 25 years of probation, 270 days of jail time and a $1,500 fine in the case. According to the court file, he failed to comply with the set conditions and was terminated from the sex offender treatment program that was part of his previous sentence.

The charges against Bastian were filed after the girl's mother reported to Willmar police in June 2006 that her daughter had been sexually assaulted by Bastian at Robbins Island.

Bastian took the girl and her then 6-year-old brother to the beach there on May 29. According to the mother, he was a family friend and had permission to accompany the children. The boy later told his mother's boyfriend that Bastian had touched his sister inappropriately. The girl, however, would not comment and her mother thought her son might have misinterpreted what he saw. However, the girl began having nightmares and informed her mother of the incident.

The girl told her mother and police officers that Bastian restrained her in his SUV, removed her swimsuit and molested her. She said Bastian threatened to kill her mother. The boy said Bastian threatened him, too.

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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