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Man gets 7½ years in prison for second sex crime, to be served after current sentence

WILLMAR -- Adrian Lee Vanderlinden, 38, who is already serving a 12-year prison sentence for molesting a child, was sentenced Monday to another 90 months in prison for molesting a now 13-year-old girl.

Vanderlinden's sentence, on a second-degree criminal sexual conduct charge, was handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court by Judge Michael J. Thompson. Vanderlinden was ordered to serve a five-year conditional release period after the prison term, pay a $1,000 fine and register as a predatory offender.

Thompson ordered that Vanderlinden's second prison sentence be served consecutive to the first prison sentence, with the 90 months beginning after the 12-year sentence is completed.

The second-degree charge was filed after the girl was interviewed by child protection workers for Kandiyohi County Family Services in July 2011. She reported that Vanderlinden had abused her while she was between the ages of 5 and 10. She said Vanderlinden told her not to say anything to anyone about the abuse.

Vanderlinden was interviewed by a Willmar police detective at the Minnesota Corrections Facility in Faribault. He admitted to touching the girl sexually, but denied the extent of his contact was to the level the girl described to child protection workers.

Vanderlinden was sentenced to 12 years in prison in February 2010 on a first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge for molesting a then 12-year-old 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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