Jury Trial Set for Rush City Man Accused of 1st Degree Sexual Conduct

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 at 9:57 am

leonardoliverA jury will decide the fate of a 28-year-old Rush City man who is charged with two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct, one count of first degree and the other for second degree.  Leonard Oliver also faces charges for possession of a firearm by an ineligible person.

Oliver made appeared in Chisago County court, Tuesday.  The Chisago County attorney’s office presented the police report.

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.

Oliver is due back in court on July 5th for a contested omnibus hearing.  A jury trial is scheduled to begin on August 3rd.

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.

Bail is set at $20,000.  Oliver remains in the Chisago County Jail.

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