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Willmar musician to serve jail, probation for inappropriately touching woman

Terrance Raymond Shaw

WILLMAR — A Willmar musician was sentenced Monday to 45 days in the Kandiyohi County Jail after pleading guilty to a felony charge of criminal sexual conduct for inappropriately touching a nursing home resident with dementia.

Terrance Raymond Shaw, 72, was also placed on supervised probation for five years, must register as a predatory offender, have no contact with the victim and is excluded from any nursing home, group home, foster home or any location where vulnerable adults live — with the exception of a group home where a close relative lives.

As part of the sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court by Judge Michael Thompson, Shaw must also undergo a psychological sexual evaluation and pay fines and fees of $1,090.

Shaw was part of the 1970s-era rock-and-roll Shaw-Allen-Shaw Band that was inducted in the Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame and frequently performed at area care facilities in recent years. He will begin his jail term Dec. 26, according to court documents.

The sentence was part of a plea agreement.

Shaw had been charged with two felony counts of criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree with a victim who was mentally impaired, mentally incapacitated or physically helpless in connection with an incident this spring when he was performing music at a Willmar nursing home.

While watching the facility's video surveillance, a staff member saw Shaw grab a resident's breasts, the criminal complaint states. The staff member saw Shaw talking to the woman and described "obviously a direct grab of the breast." The video also showed Shaw appear to stand up as if to walk away before bending over and grabbing and rubbing the woman's other breast.

According to the court file, the woman has dementia and is not capable of providing a statement.

In statements to police, Shaw said that he had not intentionally touched the woman's breast and asked "Why would I want to touch an older lady's sagging breast?" The police report said the woman is two years younger than Shaw.

Shaw pleaded guilty to one of the felony charges in connection with that case and the other felony charge was dismissed.

Shaw was also charged with a gross misdemeanor charge of criminal sexual conduct in the fifth degree in connection with a separate incident in 2014 when Shaw was performing at a New London senior living facility. That charge was also dismissed.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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