Nowthen man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting teen girl

A 22-year-old Nowthen man has pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court to one of three felony charges for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in Oak Grove.

Kelly Eugene Jenkins entered a guilty plea Dec. 17, 2013 to a first-degree criminal sexual conduct count.

Another first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge as well as one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct will be dismissed at sentencing, which has been set for Feb. 26.

Following Jenkins’ guilty plea, the court ordered him to have chemical dependency and psychosexual evaluations, according to court records.

Jenkins remains in jail in lieu of $300,000 bail without conditions and $100,000 bail with conditions.

The 16-year-old girl contacted the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office the morning of Aug. 14, 2013 to report criminal sexual conduct after she had spent time over the course of the previous day with a male she had recently met who she identified as Jenkins, according to the complaint.

After spending time with friends in Elk River and Zimmerman, the early hours of Aug. 14, Jenkins left the girl at a residence in Zimmerman, then called her an hour later, about 5 a.m., and asked her if she needed a ride home to Oak Grove, the complaint alleges.

The girl told investigators that Jenkins drove around a lot yelling at her, then told her to get out of his vehicle and she attempted to stop cars to get a ride home.

According to the complaint, dispatch records show that a female called police at about 7:37 a.m. asking for a welfare check on a teenage girl in the area of 229th and University avenues in Oak Grove.

Jenkins let the girl back in the truck and she thought he was taking her home, but she said that Jenkins drove in a very reckless manner and pulled over in a cul-de-sac near 206th Avenue.

The complaint states that when the girl got out of the truck, Jenkins grabbed her, threw her to the ground, dragged her into a school bus shelter at the end of a driveway, demanded they talk and then slapped her on her buttocks.

The girl said she began to cry and asked Jenkins to take her home, but he told her that he would only do so if she had sex with him.

She said no and the complaint states that he pulled down her clothes and sexually assaulted her.

The girl tried to yell for help and resist, but he covered her mouth with his hand, then grabbed her hair and threatened to snap her neck before sexually assaulting her again.

According to the complaint, Jenkins brought the girl back into his truck where he sexually assaulted her more than once despite her protests before driving her toward her home and leaving her on the side of the road.

The girl made a mental note of the license plate of the truck that Jenkins was driving, then wrote it down when she got home and provided it to police, who located Jenkins in the truck Aug. 15, 2013 and took him into custody.

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

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