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Man gets 12 years for molestation

WILLMAR -- Adrian Lee Vanderlinden, 36, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison, a 10-year conditional release period and a $3,000 fine on a felony charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for molesting a young girl.

Under a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, another felony criminal sexual conduct charge against him was dismissed. He was given credit for 123 days already served, ordered to register as a predatory offender and have no contact with the victim, her family or minor females.

The charges were filed after two Willmar police officers were called in October to a Willmar residence. They observed a pickup leaving the home and later identified Vanderlinden as the driver.

A woman there reported that a 12-year-old girl had told her that Vanderlinden had peeked into the shower while she was bathing and touched her breasts and pubic area on the morning of Oct. 18. The woman reported that she had seen Vanderlinden in the bathroom that morning while the girl was showering.

Vanderlinden was arrested the next day after a detective assigned to the case found him outside of the home attempting to contact the girl and other children.

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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