Rush City Man Charged With Criminal Sexual Conduct, Allegedly Forces Minor to Use Marijuana
Leonard Oliver, 28, of Rush City was charged Friday with two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct, one count of first degree and the other for second degree. He also faces charges for possession of a firearm by an ineligible person.
According to the criminal complaint, Oliver sexually assaulted the daughter of his ex-girlfriend beginning in May of 2002 when she was six-years-old. The most recent incident allegedly took place on April 25th, 2009. The victim told police he touched and penetrated her on multiple occasions. The complaint also states that Oliver “threatened to kill her family and have her placed in foster care if she told her mother.”
The victim also told police Oliver forced her to drink alcohol and use marijuana.
Officers executed a search warrant and confiscated a firearm out of Oliver’s vehicle. A cellphone, computer, digital camera, and computer discs were all seized. They were sent to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for analysis.
The criminal complaint states that Oliver took nude pictures of the victim on a digital camera and cellphone.
If convicted, count one carries a penalty of 30 years in prison and a $40,000 fine. Count two is punishable by up to 25 years in prison and a $35,000 fine. The firearms charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and $30,000 fine.
Oliver told police, the claims are false, and that his ex-girlfriend was trying to get back at him for having a new girlfriend.
He is due back in court on May 19th.