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Man gets stayed prison, long probation for criminal sexual conduct

WILLMAR — Christopher Michael Cox, 40, of Willmar, was sentenced Wednesday to 36 months in prison, which was stayed, plus a 10-year conditional release period and 25 years of probation on a second-degree count of criminal sexual conduct for sexual contact with a now 14-year-old girl.

As part of his sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court by Judge David Mennis, Cox was also ordered to serve 160 days in jail and pay a $1,500 fine, along with following the recommendations of a psychological-sexual evaluation and a psychiatric evaluation and completing sex offender treatment. He was given credit for 160 days already served in custody.

Cox was ordered to have no contact with anyone under the age of 18 and to have no contact with the victim other than an apology letter. He was also ordered to register as a predatory offender.

As part of a previous plea agreement, the charge was reduced from first-degree level and three additional criminal sexual conduct charges were dismissed.

The charges were filed after an investigation began Sept. 6 after Willmar police were informed by Kandiyohi County Family Services that a 14-year-old girl had been assaulted. The girl was interviewed the same day and said that Cox had attempted to have intercourse with her in the summer of 2012.

According to the complaint, a relative of the girl said that the girl had told her about the incident the day before and that she had been uneasy around Cox, as he made jokes about sex with the girl, but then said he was joking.

 Cox admitted to the sexual contact, and to making jokes about sex with the girl, after he voluntarily submitted to, and failed, a polygraph examination administered by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

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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