Coon Rapids man accused of sexually abusing boy

A Coon Rapids man has been accused in Anoka County District Court of assaulting and sexually abusing a seven-year-old boy.

Victor Lee Tjepkes, 29, was arraigned in court Oct. 25 on three felony charges – two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree assault – as well as a gross misdemeanor charge of malicious punishment of a child and a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault.

According to the complaint, Coon Rapids Police conducted a welfare check at a 107th Avenue address Oct. 24 at the request of Polk County, Wis., officials who had concerns about children being mistreated by Tjepkes.

Police went to the residence several times, eventually making contact with Tjepkes, his children, a boy, 7, and a girl, 4, an adult male and two adult women who all lived at the address.

The complaint alleges that in separate interviews with officers, both women expressed concerns for their own safety and the children, alleging Tjepkes was “remarkably violent” with his son and describing several incidents of violence leading up to Oct. 23.

The night of Oct. 22, Tjepkes, upset with the boy, allegedly shot him with an airsoft gun, then later pistol whipped him with the butt of the gun.

The following night, Oct. 23, the women alleged that Tjepkes again shot the boy with the airsoft gun.

Witnesses alleged that screams came from Tjepkes’ living area at all hours of the night, including Tjepkes dragging the boy down the stairs and holding him while the sister hit the boy with a stick.

The other residents also alleged that Tjepkes forces the children to eat meals he has prepared with hot peppers, despite the pain it causes them and the hysterical reaction of the children.

According to the complaint, witnesses also told police of a recent incident when Tjepkes took the boy’s legs, put them above the boy’s head, called him a “fag” and then sexually assaulted him with a stick.

In a statement to police, the boy alleged Tjepkes used the stick, which he described in detail, on him in multiple ways, including sexually abusing him as well as making derogatory comments about his sexuality.

The adult females alleged in their statements to police that the boy had told them that he had been sexually assaulted by Tjepkes with the stick.

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

 

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