Prison for man convicted of criminal sexual conduct

A St. Francis man, convicted by an Anoka County District Court jury of two first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges, has been sent to prison.

At sentencing last month, Anoka County District Court Judge Lawrence Johnson gave Scott Michael Popa, 38, concurrent 216- and 172-month prison terms with credit for seven days served in jail. He will be require to supply a DNA sample and register as a sexual predator.

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 [email protected]

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