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Granite Falls man gets probation in sexual assault case

GRANITE FALLS — A Granite Falls man who sexually abused a young child over a six-year period was sentenced to 10 years of supervised probation.

Adam Joseph Raney, 27, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree with a victim who was under the age of 13.

In sentencing earlier this month in Yellow Medicine County District Court, Judge Dwayne Knutsen issued a stay of adjudication, which means no conviction will appear on Raney's criminal record if he successfully completes the conditions of his probation.

Those conditions include abstaining from alcohol and drugs, submitting to random testing, following recommendations of a psychosexual evaluation and undergoing a polygraph examination.

Raney was also ordered to pay fines and fees of $500, have no contact with the victim and have no unsupervised contact with people under the age of 18.

According to the complaint filed against him, Raney sexually assaulted a child, starting in 2006, when the child was about 5 years old and Raney was around 15 years old.

The abuse continued until 2012, according to court documents.

Granite Falls police became aware of the abuse in September of 2015 when notified by a mandated reporter.

Police interviewed the victim, who also provided a written statement describing multiple incidents of sexual abuse by Raney.

In an interview with police, Raney initially said he didn't even remember the child. He later acknowledged sexual contact with the child, said he was sorry about it and wanted to forget about it.

The report indicates police believe Raney has learning disabilities and mental health issues.

Raney was charged in October and made his first court appearance in November. He pleaded guilty to the charge in May.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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