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Man charged with molesting girl, 5, at day care is released on $25,000 bond

WILLMAR -- Unconditional bail was set Tuesday at $200,000 for Larry Alan Stoeser, 60, of Willmar, who is accused of molesting a 5-year-old girl at a daycare in rural Willmar.

According to documents filed in Kandiyohi County District Court, Stoeser was bailed out of the Kandiyohi County Jail on Tuesday. The bond of $25,000 allowed him to be released on conditional bail. He had been held without bail since his first court appearance on Sept. 1.

The conditions set during Tuesday's court hearing include that Stoeser have no contact with any child who is or has been a client of the daycare operated in his home, no contact with any child under 18 and no possession of firearms.

Stoeser's next court date is Oct. 4. He faces one first- and one second-degree criminal sexual conduct charge.

According to information from the state Department of Human Services website, the family child care license issued to Stoeser's address is listed as "temporary immediate suspension," and is under appeal.

Stoeser was charged after Aug. 30, when the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office received a report alleging he had inappropriately touched a 5-year-old girl while she was at day care. The girl had reported the touching to a parent and to her caregiver.

The girl was interviewed by family services officials and said that the touching happened when she and other children would take naps and sleep in the living room of the home. She said that she saw Stoeser perform a sex act on himself.

Stoeser was interviewed, also on Aug. 30, and initially denied any contact with the girl. He later allegedly admitted to touching the girl multiple times over the course of several months while he was lying next to her when she was trying to nap and also allegedly admitted to performing the sex act on himself. He said he did not know why he did this to the girl.

He also stated he had assisted his wife in day care for about 11 years.

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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