Man charged with criminal sexual conduct gave gifts, tracked phone of teen girl

Ryan James Martens, 38, of Mora was charged with one felony count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, while having a current or recent position of authority over the victim. 

Martens

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According to the criminal complaint filed by the Kanabec County Attorney’s Office, Martens allegedly, engaged in repeated incidents of sexual penetration of a female victim who was at least 16 years old but under age 18. 

According to the complaint, the victim was well-known to Martens; Martens spent a lot of time with the victim and allegedly did things like buy her jewelry and install a tracking app on her phone so he could see her location.  

The incidents occurred throughout 2020; Martens was charged on Aug. 24, 2021. The maximum sentence if convicted is a $30,000 fine and/or 15 years in prison.

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