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Criminal Sexual Conduct Allegations Against Blaine Teacher

Criminal Sexual Conduct Allegations Against Blaine Teacher

Kenneth Sonnenfield is being investigated for second-degree criminal sexual conduct charges in Anoka County, Minnesota. Allegations that he sexually assaulted a 10 year old student while employed at a Blaine school came to light. Sonnefield was a fourth grade teacher at the school and the assault allegedly occurred in early 2015. He has since been placed on administrative leave. Criminal sexual conduct in the second carries a penalty of up to 25 years in prison and up to $35,000. CSC in the second degree is a felony and will also require sex offender registration.

What constitutes Criminal Sexual Conduct in the second degree?

Minnesota Statute 609.343 defines criminal sexual conduct in the second degree when a person engages in sexual contact with another person is guilty when:

(a) the complainant is under 13 years of age and the actor is more than 36 months older than the complainant. Neither mistake as to the complainant’s age nor consent to the act by the complainant is a defense. In a prosecution under this clause, the state is not required to prove that the sexual contact was coerced;
(b) the complainant is at least 13 but less than 16 years of age and the actor is more than 48 months older than the complainant and in a position of authority over the complainant. Neither mistake as to the complainant’s age nor consent to the act by the complainant is a defense;
(c) circumstances existing at the time of the act cause the complainant to have a reasonable fear of imminent great bodily harm to the complainant or another;
(d) the actor is armed with a dangerous weapon or any article used or fashioned in a manner to lead the complainant to reasonably believe it to be a dangerous weapon and uses or threatens to use the dangerous weapon to cause the complainant to submit;
(e) the actor causes personal injury to the complainant, and either of the following circumstances exist:
(i) the actor uses force or coercion to accomplish the sexual contact; or
(ii) the actor knows or has reason to know that the complainant is mentally impaired, mentally incapacitated, or physically helpless;
(f) the actor is aided or abetted by one or more accomplices within the meaning of section 609.05, and either of the following circumstances exists:
(i) an accomplice uses force or coercion to cause the complainant to submit; or
(ii) an accomplice is armed with a dangerous weapon or any article used or fashioned in a manner to lead the complainant to reasonably believe it to be a dangerous weapon and uses or threatens to use the weapon or article to cause the complainant to submit;
(g) the actor has a significant relationship to the complainant and the complainant was under 16 years of age at the time of the sexual contact. Neither mistake as to the complainant’s age nor consent to the act by the complainant is a defense; or
(h) the actor has a significant relationship to the complainant, the complainant was under 16 years of age at the time of the sexual contact, and:
(i) the actor or an accomplice used force or coercion to accomplish the contact;
(ii) the complainant suffered personal injury; or
(iii) the sexual abuse involved multiple acts committed over an extended period of time.

Mistake as to the complainant’s age and consent by the complainant is not a defense to criminal. Max Keller has handled many cases similar to the allegations against Sonnenfield. Max Keller has also represented teachers at a school that have had allegations for sexual misconduct. Sonnenfield will need an experienced and aggressive criminal defense lawyer to represent him in court.

Keller Law Offices has two Anoka County Criminal defense attorneys. The Anoka County criminal defense attorneys at Keller Law Offices are aggressive and will fight for you. If you have been charged with criminal sexual conduct, contact Max Keller. Keller Law Offices offers free consultations for individuals charged with a crime. Keller Law Offices is also extremely focused on getting the best results possible for their clients. Call 952-913-1421 today.

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