Child sex assault allegation

Greg Marsten | Staff writer
Dresser man facing multiple felonies

BALSAM LAKE – A 45-year-old Dresser man is facing multiple felony charges for allegations of sexual assault of an underage child, allegations that emerged over the weekend.
According to a heavily redacted probable cause report filed by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred on Saturday, Jan. 25, and appeared to involve an underage female who was allegedly sexually assaulted by Kaj Juergensen, 45, Dresser.
Details are slim, due to the age of the victim, but the victim later urged him to turn himself in to police and Juergensen agreed, driving to the St. Croix Falls Police Department and apparently admitting to authorities the details of the assault, Police took the report and took him into custody at the Polk County Jail, where he remained at press time. Juergensen is facing at least two felony sexual assault charges and one misdemeanor charge of sex with an underage child.
He had yet to appear before a judge. Juergensen has a previous conviction for a sex offense, from a decade ago, in 2010.
Public court files indicate that conviction initially involved charges of second- and third-degree sexual assault, related to his actions involving a woman whom he met at a tavern and later drove home, after she became extremely intoxicated, to the point that she got sick in a parking lot.
He was accused of sexually assaulting her when she was almost passed out and unable to give consent.
He later avoided a trial with a plea deal that reduced the charges to third- and fourth-degree sexual assault.
He pleaded “no contest” to a reduced charge of misdemeanor fourth-degree sexual assault and was placed on probation for two years, serving several months of local jail time on a nine-month sentence and mandatory counseling.

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