Search for Man Accussed of Sexual Assault
By Jay Corn of Kanabec County Times
Local authorities are actively searching for a 43-year-old Rush City man accused of sexually assaulting a five-year-old child.
Kanabec County Attorney Amy Brosnahan charged Bret Thomas Ninefeldt on Wednesday with three felony counts of criminal sexual conduct following an alleged incident at a Ford Township residence on Jan. 3.
Court documents allege Ninefeldt sexually assaulted the five-year-old female inside an Isle area home shared by Ninefeldt and his girlfriend, the alleged victim’s grandmother.
The child told an unidentified family member about the assault after being picked up from the residence on Jan. 4.
Allegations surfaced during a subsequent interview with social workers at the Midwest Children’s Resource Center that Ninefeldt forcefully removed the child’s underwear and penetrated her with his fingers. The alleged victim additionally told social workers that Ninefeldt grabbed her ankle and pulled her back to him when she tried to get away.
A search warrant for Ninefeldt’s residence was drafted and executed by investigators with the Kanabec County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 12. Ninefeldt was not present.
Investigators say they found a bottle of lotion allegedly used by Ninefeldt during the assault in the exact location described by the child.
Ninefeldt’s whereabouts remain unknown at the time of this posting. He was not located during searches of previous addresses.
Ninefeldt faces up to 80 years in prison and more than $100,000 in fines if convicted and given the maximum sentences for the crimes he’s accused of.
Ninefeldt was convicted of a gross misdemeanor theft charge in Chisago County back in 2006 but has no known history of sexual assault.
Check this site and the Jan. 21 edition of the paper for updates on this story as they become available.