Sawyer man wanted by police, considered dangerous

Authorities ask anyone who has information on Jamin Paul Beardsley's whereabouts to call 911.


Jamin Paul Beardsley, 45, of Sawyer, is wanted by police for a contempt of court charge related to two ongoing Carlton County criminal cases in which Beardsley is the defendant.

While the cases are being tried together, they consist of two separate allegations. Beardsley faces charges for first-degree criminal sexual conduct, second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, domestic assault and contempt of court, according to court documents.

Beardsley is accused of sexually assaulting a woman while she was unconscious at his home July 3, 2019, and of threatening a different woman with a gun during a domestic dispute Nov. 2, 2019, the criminal complaints said. Both of the alleged crimes were reported to authorities within one week of their occurrence.

RELATED: Sawyer man charged with sexual assault Jamin Paul Beardsley was charged in August with first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

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Jamin Paul Beardsley


Beardsley was originally taken into police custody on charges of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and domestic assault in early November 2019 in relation to the alleged gun threat. Shortly after his arrest, Beardsley was released from police custody on a conditional pretrial release agreement signed by Carlton County Sixth Judicial District Judge Robert Macaulay on Nov. 5, 2019.

The investigation surrounding the alleged July 2019 sexual assault was still being investigated when Beardsley was arrested in November 2019, so he was not charged for that allegation at the time, Carlton County Attorney Lauri Ketola said.

It was not until Aug. 18, 2020, that a criminal complaint was filed in the alleged sexual assault case. Beardsley was arrested for first-degree criminal sexual conduct Sept. 15, 2020. Beardsley spent approximately 15 days in police custody until Macaulay signed an order for conditional pretrial release Sept. 30, 2020.

The current warrant for Beardsley's arrest was signed by Macaulay on April 30. Beardsley was found to be in contempt of court during a hearing earlier that day and sentenced to 90 days in jail.

Macaulay has since removed himself from the cases, signing an order for recuse May 5. He did not respond to a request for comment from the Pine Journal.

Police have not been able to apprehend Beardsley, and he did not appear at his most recent court hearing May 10.

Lt. Dan Danielson of the Carlton County Sheriff's Office said Beardsley is considered dangerous. The public is advised not to approach Beardsley, but to call 911 with any information on his whereabouts.

"He's not one that we take lightly," Danielson said. "We're trying to do the best we can."

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