Man accused of assaulting teens

Contributing Writer

A 57-year-old Coon Rapids man has been accused in Anoka County District Court of sexually assaulting three teenage girls for several years.

Steve Paul Patchen was arraigned in court June 6 on two felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one felony charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Bail was set at $250,000 and a no contact order was issued by the court. His next court appearance is July 20.

According to the complaint, detectives from the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division interviewed the three girls, two age 14 and one 16, individually June 10 after receiving the report filed with the Coon Rapids Police Department by the girls’ parents.

The girls alleged that Patchen had sexually assaulted them, including having them perform sex acts on him, over a period of four to five years to the present.

When the girls told their parents, they confronted Patchen and he denied the allegations at first before admitting touching the girls inappropriately “a little bit,” the complaint alleges.

According to the complaint, the parents had also become aware of text messages between Patchen and the 16-year-old in which he treated her like a girl friend.

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