Jury Trial Proceedings Begin in Tollefson Case

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 at 5:13 am

RonaldTollefsonJury trial proceedings began Tuesday in the case of Ronald Tollefson.   The 45-year-old  Hinckley resident is accused of having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl.  In December, he pleaded not guilty to six charges of criminal sexual conduct.

Monday, he appeared alongside his lawyer Mark Benjamin.  The defense and prosecution agreed the trial will like take about two weeks including jury selection.  Therefore, because of the expected length of the trial, a start date was not confirmed.  Court administration will contact both sides in the coming weeks to determine when the trial will begin.

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.

It’s 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.

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