Pennock man sentenced to prison for October 2019 rape of acquaintance

A 25-year-old man was sent to prison on New Year's Eve for raping a friend in October 2019 in Pennock. After the assault, he asked the woman not to tell anyone, because he still had a month left on probation.

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WILLMAR — Scott Lee Trevino, 25, of Pennock, was sentenced to prison Thursday for raping a female acquaintance in October 2019 after he had taken her to a house under the guise of getting a phone charger.

Trevino was sentenced to 90 months in Kandiyohi County District Court on a charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was originally charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, and it was reduced to a second-degree charge in October as part of a plea agreement.

Trevino was given credit for 446 days already spent in custody, nearly about 15 months. Under state law, he must spend at least two-thirds of his sentence in custody and may spend the remaining one-third on supervised release.

Trevino also received a one-year jail sentence for a gross misdemeanor fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct charge for a sexual assault on a patron at the Willmar bar where he worked as a bouncer in May 2019. He received credit for a year he had already served.

He had pleaded guilty to the gross misdemeanor in October, and two felony charges were dismissed in the plea agreement.


According to court records, Trevino was walking in Pennock in October 2019 when he encountered a long-time acquaintance who was also on foot. She was upset about a fight with her boyfriend and said she was going to a friend’s house. She said her phone was nearly dead, and Trevino invited her to his house to charge it.

He took her to a house owned by a family member.

He took her to a bedroom to get a phone charger, but then wouldnt let her leave. When she tried to get up, he shoved her back down by her neck and said, “You’re going to be mine.”

The woman told law enforcement that she fought with him, scratched at his face and repeatedly told him to stop, but he was able to sexually assault her.

Afterward, he gave her phone back and allegedly warned her not to tell anyone, because he still had a month on his probation. He was on probation for a 2013 sexual assault conviction.

The woman called a friend to pick her up, and Trevino followed her to the car, rubbing her shoulders. Before she got in the car, she said, she punched him in the face.

Trevino was interviewed the next day and said “something came over him.” He claimed the woman had asked him to meet her. He later agreed that he knew he had assaulted her against her will.

Afterward, he said, the woman was crying and he immediately felt bad about what had happened.


According to the criminal complaint, Trevino said the woman said he’d raped her, and that upset him, because he felt the word was too harsh to describe what had happened.

In 42 years in the newspaper industry, Linda Vanderwerf has worked at several daily newspapers in Minnesota, including the Mesabi Daily News, now called the Mesabi Tribune in Virginia. Previously, she worked for the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico and the Rapid City Journal in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has been a reporter at the West Central Tribune for nearly 27 years.

Vanderwerf can be reached at email: or phone 320-214-4340
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