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Morris man faces five criminal sexual conduct charges

Brad TomlinsonMORRIS — A Morris man has been charged with five counts of criminal sexual conduct after allegedly molesting four girls over a period of approximately 25 years.

Brad Tomlinson, 67, made his first appearance in Stevens County District Court on Tuesday, July 5.

Tomlinson has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and three counts of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree.

Bail was set at $500,000 without conditions and $25,000 with conditions. The conditions included no contact with the four victims and to not leave the state of Minnesota without permission of the court.

According to the criminal complaint, the Morris Police Department began an investigation in May 2016 into reports that Tomlinson had molested several young girls over a period of approximately 25 years.

The court documents include four victims, ranging in age from five to 15 years old at the time of the alleged sexual acts.

The first victim told police that Tomlinson was a friend of her parents who touched her inappropriately several times over the course of two years. The incidents stopped after the victim began to actively avoid Tomlinson when he was at her family's home, court records state.

Two other victims, now adults, described similar situations when they found themselves alone with Tomlinson at residences in Morris. According to court records, one victim told police Tomlinson would reach under her shirt and touch her breast — an act she said she did not realize was inappropriate until she was older.

The final victim included in the complaint told police Tomlinson molested and assaulted her, including performing oral sex on her and forcing her to perform oral sex, for a period of approximately seven years. The victim said many of the incidents happened in the summer because she was at home and not involved with school activities.

"While the incidents were happening, the Defendant would often tell her that they better be quiet because they didn't want anyone to hear, specifically that they didn't want to her dad to hear," court records state.

When police interviewed Tomlinson, he described several of the incidents as accidents.

"Throughout the Defendant's statement, he never really denies that the incidents happened, but rather claimed to not be able to remember much," the complaint concludes.

In order to help protect the identity of the victims, some details related to the incidents in the complaint have not been included in this story.

Tomlinson's next scheduled court appearance is an omnibus hearing on Monday, Aug. 29.

The penalty for first degree criminal sexual conduct is not more than 30 years in prison, a $40,000 fine, or both. The penalty for second degree criminal sexual conduct is not more than 25 years in prison and/or a $35,000 fine.

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