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Cloquet man gets 54 months for criminal sexual conduct

A Cloquet man was sentenced to prison Monday for allegedly having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl, causing her to become pregnant.

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Judge Robert Macaulay sentenced Wendell Lee Olson, 44, to 54 months in prison on one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, followed by a conditional release period of 10 years. He will be given credit for 112 days already served and must pay $210 in fees and fines.
According to the criminal complaint filed in the case, on Oct. 15, 2013, a detective responded to a Carlton County high school along with a child protection investigator to speak with a 15-year-old girl after a child maltreatment report had been filed. The report detailed that a student had reported the girl had sexual intercourse with her mother’s live-in boyfriend, identified as Olson, and had become pregnant.

The girl admitted she was pregnant and that she had been attempting to hide her pregnancy. She initially denied that Olson was the father of the child.

The girl told authorities she intended to tell her mother about her pregnancy, but when the detective returned to the high school on Oct. 21, 2013, he discovered she was not in school. He continued to check in and look for the girl over the next several days until she finally returned to school on Oct. 25. At that time, the girl told the detective she had not yet told her mother about her pregnancy since she had been out of town for several days.

The girl then agreed to talk with her mother and call the detective after doing so, which she did.

On Oct. 28, the detective, child protection investigator and a probation agent met with the girl once again to check on her welfare and discuss the time she had missed from school. At that time, the girl told authorities she had missed school because Olson had left town and she and her mother had gone to the Minneapolis area to look for him.

The girl later disclosed to the investigator that she’d had sexual intercourse with Olson in approximately March/April 2013 at Black Bear Casino and that she believed him to be the father of her child.

Since then, according to the criminal complaint, the baby has been born and DNA samples were collected for comparison with the defendant’s DNA.

A warrant was issued for Olson Jan. 27 and police discovered the next day he was staying at a Bemidji-area residence. However, when sheriff’s investigators and Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agents arrived at the home two miles west of Bemidji, Olson barricaded himself in a bedroom and stabbed himself with a steak knife three times in the chest, according to Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp.

Officers said they heard the sound of a gun being readied for firing and called for additional back-up officers, according to a release issued from the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office. While additional officers were responding to the scene, investigators and agents were able to talk Olson into surrendering.

Olson was transported to Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, then flown to Sanford in Fargo for additional treatment of his self-inflicted wounds.

Olson was later charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct in Carlton County Court.