Pine City/Hinckley Prosecuting Attorney Faces Sexual Conduct Charges
Charges have now been filed against Michael Bjerke, the prosecuting attorney in both Pine City and Hinckley, which allegedly occurred back on May 15th at America’s Best Value Inn, a hotel in Hinckley.
The criminal complaint states that a women who was staying at the hotel was approached by a man outside her hotel room window; a man who identified himself as a prosecuting attorney in the area. The woman told police that the man made inappropriate comments, and then grabbed at her.
Pine County Sheriff Robin Cole wouldn’t answer any direct questions about this situation, but did say he had contacted the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension over the arrest of Bjerke. Cole said he hasn’t seen a signed complaint against Bjerke, but confirmed that he knows a prosecuting attorney from outside Pine County will handle the case against Bjerke.
The Pine City Pioneer reports that Judge Krista Martin has recused herself from the case because Bjerke regularly practices law in her courtroom.
Bjerke faces fifth-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct and fifth-degree assault, and the Pioneer reports that Pete Orput, an attorney from Washington County will handle the case against Bjerke.