Ronald Dale Anderson, 64, of Brook Park has reported to Pine County Jail, where he will serve 120 days in jail as part of his guilty plea for second-degree criminal sexual conduct for the sexual assault of a female under the age of 13.
Anderson was originally charged in November 2017. In an investigation into Anderson, a preteen girl told investigators that Anderson had touched and assaulted her numerous times over the previous two years.
On June 11, 2019, in a plea deal, Anderson pled guilty to second-degree criminal sexual conduct and two charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct were dropped.
On Sept. 10, Anderson was sentenced to 120 days in jail and 20 years of supervised probation.
The conditions of his probation include no contact with the victim, no contact with persons under the age of 18 and attending a sex offender program. He cannot vote, leave Minnesota without approval, or use or possess firearms or explosives. He cannot use the internet without approval from his probation officer.
Pine County Attorney Reese Frederickson said that the family of the victim agreed to take the plea deal.
“We spoke with the family many times,” Frederickson said. “In a case like this, of course, there’s always a lot of family contact directly with the prosecutor and with our victim services coordinator. We do weigh these plea agreements pretty heavily.”
Frederickson said there were conditions of the case that might have made it difficult to get a guilty verdict in a jury trial.
“That’s one of those hard decisions we’re faced with as prosecutors,” Frederickson said. “Do we have enough to go to trial and put this guy in prison? Or is there something less that we can do? And we look at all the circumstances and think, ‘OK, well, we could walk out of a jury trial with a not-guilty verdict ... or can we get this person in programming, and get them to have no contact with kids?’
“The guy is in his mid-60s and doesn’t have a criminal background,” Frederickson continued. “He’s going to be on probation for a significant period of time. I think, overall, this was the best option to protect public safety.”