St. Francis man convicted for sexually assaulting young girl

An Anoka County District Court jury convicted a St. Francis man of two felony sexual assault charges Oct. 4.

Scott Michael Popa, 38, was found guilty of two first-degree criminal sexual conduct counts following a trial which began Sept 30.

Popa will be sentenced by Anoka County District Court Judge Lawrence Johnson Dec. 11 and faces between 12 and 28 years in prison, according to the Anoka County Attorney’s Office.

He remains free on $30,000 bail. Among the conditions are that Popa have no unsupervised contact with minors.

Popa had made his first court appearance on the charges July 9, 2012.

According to the complaint, a girl, now 16, reported that a man she identified as Popa had had sexual contact with her, including intercourse, since she was nine or 10 years old.

The complaint states that medical records showed the girl had tested positive for herpes in 2008.

Obtaining a search warrant, investigators had Popa tested for herpes and it came back positive, according to the complaint.

“Sexual abuse of a child is one of the most abhorrent crimes that our office prosecutes,” said Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo.

“While no verdict can heal the trauma suffered by a victim of sexual abuse, I hope that the jury’s decision helps the victim on the path to recovery.”

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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