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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
  • Elderly man faces criminal sexual conduct charges

  • A 70-year-old Sleepy Eye man is accused of having sexual contact with an underage girl.
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  • A 70-year-old Sleepy Eye man is accused of having sexual contact with an underage girl.
     
    Marvel Ernie Harder is facing four felony charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Harder was charged last week in Brown County Court, but the alleged incidents date back to 2001, and were reported to police this past July.
    Harder reportedly knew the alleged victim, and is accused of having sexual contact with her before she turned 13 years old.
     
    He’s scheduled to be in court on the charges on Nov. 19, and faces up to 30 years behind bars and a $40,000 fine for each count.

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