A Carlton man charged in two separate cases of criminal sexual conduct with young females entered into plea agreements Wednesday in Carlton County District Court.
The agreements probably will send Scott Allen Thompson, 40, to the Northeast Regional Corrections Center for a year followed by 10 years of supervised probation.
In one agreement, Thompson pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, while another count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct were dismissed.
In that case, Thompson was accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a girl younger than 16 in his home over the course of 13 months ending in September 2009. During an interview with law enforcement, the victim said that around the time she hit puberty, Thompson began to talk to her about sex in a way that made her uncomfortable. She said she would go to sleep in pajamas but wake up naked and find Thompson touching her chest and sexually assaulting her with his fingers.
Another case was filed against Thompson in May 2010 alleging he had sexual intercourse with a female relative several times just after she turned 18.
According to the complaint, a Carlton County investigator met with a young adult who said she moved to Thompson's house in 2005 when she was 17. Although she started her senior year of high school, she said Thompson made her drop out and start an online program. She said she was not able to complete it because Thompson did not pay for it. Instead, Thompson allegedly required her to care for younger relatives and cook and clean for the family. She said she was not allowed to have friends and felt very isolated.
The woman also stated that Thompson would walk around the house unclothed and brush up against her in ways that made her uncomfortable.
Soon after the girl's 18th birthday, Thompson allegedly entered her bedroom while she was trying to take a nap and had intercourse with her. According to the complaint, this happened three times. The victim said she was afraid to report the incidents because she had seen Thompson talk to police before and believed he was "very good at lying to them."
Originally, Thompson was charged with three counts of felony incest, but because the statute of limitations had run out, his charges were amended to three counts of felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct by force or coercion, according to Thompson's defense attorney, Joanna Wiegert.
In Wednesday's plea agreement, Thompson pleaded guilty to one count of felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct and had the other two counts dismissed.
Assistant Carlton County Attorney Nichole Carter said the plea agreements were entered into based on the victims' input.
For each case, the plea agreement stipulates that Thompson serve six months at NERCC and be on probation for five years. He also cannot have contact with the victims or anyone younger than 18, including relatives.
He must undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation before sentencing, which is set for Aug. 10.