Minnesota man accused of assaulting three girls
Charges were filed in Pierce County Court Monday against a Minnesota man accused of sexually assaulting three children.
Bruce J. Joelson, 43, St. Paul, faces two counts of sexual assault of a child under 13 years of age, Class B felonies, and one count of sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age, a Class C felony. The Class B felonies carry a maximum penalty of 60 years in prison, while the Class C felony penalty is a fine of up to $100,000 and/ or 40 years prison.
The criminal complaint reports three incidents in 2004 in the Town of Isabelle. The first charge involves sexual contact with a then-seven-year-old girl. The alleged victim, now 11, told her story to Sheriff's Department investigators and Pierce County social workers in 2006.
The girl said she knew Joelson because he rented a room from a family friend. One night the girl, her brother and a friend played video games in his room and decided to spend the night there. She said the other two were asleep when "he started touching me." According to the alleged victim, neither she nor Joelson said anything during the incident.
The contact ended after the other two woke, she said, adding she was scared.
The second alleged contact happened shortly afterwards, said the girl. She, her brother and the same friend were in Joelson's room playing video games when the brother and friend left the room for a moment. The girl said Joelson touched her in the same spot. The touching stopped as soon as the brother and friend came back into the room, she said.
The victim said there was no further contact because Joelson was kicked out of the house.
For more please read the Nov. 19 print version of the Herald.