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Charges dismissed against Sawyer man in sexual assault case

Carlton County Attorney Lauri Ketola cited evidentiary issues as reasons for dismissing the criminal complaint.

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CARLTON — Sexual assault charges against a Sawyer man have been dismissed by the prosecuting attorney.

Jamin Paul Beardsley, 47, faced a felony charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for an alleged incident that occurred in July 2019.

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Jamin Paul Beardsley

In a motion submitted by Carlton County Attorney Lauri Ketola, the charges against Beardsley were dismissed on the grounds of prosecutor discretion.

Ketola said she assesses the likelihood of success with each case based on the evidence, and sexual assault cases present unique issues. Because of issues with evidence in the case, Ketola said the unfortunate but necessary result was a dismissal.

"The dismissal is not a reflection of whether a crime was committed, but rather on my ability to prove it at trial," she said.

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A jury recently found Beardsley not guilty in a different case in August, where he faced charges of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, a felony; and domestic assault with intent to cause fear, a gross misdemeanor.

Beardsley failed to appear for court in April 2021 and spent over a year evading law enforcement before he was arrested May 28.

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