Tollefson Pleads “Not Guilty” to Sex with Minor Charges
Pre-trial motions began Thursday in the case of Hinckley resident Ronald Tollefson who is accused of having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl.
Tollefson, 45, appeared in Pine County Court along side his lawyer Mark Benjamin. He pleaded not guilty to six charges of criminal sexual conduct.
The criminal complaint states Tollefson engaged in sex with a minor girl on two separate occasions, in 2006 and 2008. According to the complaint, the girl was 15 at the time of the first alleged incident, which occurred at Tollefson’s Hinckley home.
Its alleged that Tollefson tried to keep the girl from telling of the encounters by offering to buy her a cell phone and car.
He faces four counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, each punishable by 30-years in prison and/or a $40,000 fine. Tollefson is also charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree. He could serve 25-years in prison and pay a $35,000 fine for both second degree charges.
Tollefson is due back in court on February 8th.