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Prosecutor dismisses sexual assault charges against Danube man after alleged child victim declines to testify

The felony criminal sex conduct charges against Jonathan Laurence Malvin, who was charged in July 2021 with sexually assaulting a juvenile girl, were dismissed Thursday. According to court documents, the alleged victim does not wish to testify and the prosecuting attorney decided to dismiss the charges.

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WILLMAR — Two felony charges of first-degree criminal sex conduct filed a year ago against Jonathan Laurence Malvin were dismissed Thursday in Kandiyohi County District Court after the alleged victim refused to testify on the matter.

Malvin, 51, of Danube, had been charged for allegedly sexually assaulting a juvenile girl between October 2014 and January 2015 in Spicer and Willmar. The child was under 13 years of age at the time of the alleged incidents, according to court documents.

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Jonathan Laurance Malvin

The girl reported the alleged abuse to a school counselor in February 2021 and law enforcement officers were notified. An interview was conducted with her Feb. 25, 2021, and charges were filed in July 2021.

However, she did not wish to testify on the matter in court, resulting in the prosecuting attorney asking for the charges to be dismissed this week, court documents said.

According to the statement of probable cause, the girl reported that Malvin had allegedly sexually assaulted her, including touching and penetration, at least twice. She also said Malvin would sexually touch her in some way any time she saw him.

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Malvin also allegedly threatened to kill the girl if she ever told anyone about the assaults, according to court documents.

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.


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