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Casting agent gets nine years for sexual contact with clients

COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. -- A Cottage Grove man who ran a casting company was sentenced to nine years in prison for having sexual contact with two brothers for whom he had provided casting opportunities.

Matthew D. Feeney, 44, was sentenced Friday by Washington County District Court Judge Gary Schurrer and turned over to the custody of the state prison in St. Cloud.

Feeney ran Bloomington-based Walden Entertainment, a movie and TV casting company with juvenile clients. In 2007 he befriended the boys’ parents and later provided the brothers casting opportunities and acting classes, according to the criminal complaint.

The eldest brother told authorities that Feeney molested him while they were at Feeney’s home watching a movie in May 2009. The boy was 14 at the time, and he told investigators similar incidents happened six to seven times over a two-year period. During a similar time period, Feeney molested the younger brother, who was 9 when the sexual contact started, the complaint says.

Feeney pleaded guilty in March to second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a victim under the age of 13 and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct while in a position of authority.

He will be placed on lifetime conditional release after serving the prison sentence.

Court records show Feeney was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in Aitkin County in 1992. Also, in a case that is pending, Feeney is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy in Massachusetts.