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Paynesville man gets prison time for sexual assault

WILLMAR -- Timothy George Powers Jr., 25, of Paynesville, was sentenced Thursday to 70 months in prison, plus a 10-year conditional release period, on a third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge for sexually assaulting a juvenile female. As part of a sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court, Powers was ordered to pay a $1,500 fine and register as a predatory offender. He was given credit for 259 days already served in jail.

Powers pleaded guilty to the charge Feb. 28 as part of a plea agreement. He was sentenced according to state sentencing guidelines.

The charge was filed after the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office began investigating a sexual assault after receiving a family services report July 1 of last year.

A 17-year-old girl said she'd been forced to have sex with Powers on June 5 near Hawick.

The girl said she and Powers were discussing religion, while a woman and a child were asleep in the same tent. She said Powers touched her and then forced sexual intercourse with her. The girl said she didn't want the sexual contact to occur. She said she didn't discuss the matter until telling a counselor later that month.

A detective met with Powers, who initially denied the sexual contact occurred. He later admitted the encounter and said the girl wanted him to touch her. He said she took his hand and moved it to her body. He believed the encounter lasted 10 minutes.

Powers' criminal history involves a juvenile adjudication in March 2001 on first-degree criminal sexual conduct with the same girl. He also has felony convictions in Stearns County for assault in September 2007 and January 2009, and a felony conviction for failure to register as a predatory offender in Kandiyohi County in March 2006.

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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