Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that on August 15, 2013, Michael Lyle Stucky, Jr., age 18 of Northfield, was charged* with two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Third Degree. According to the complaint, Stucky friended a young girl on Facebook and eventually appeared at her home with the purpose of engaging in sexual activity. Information obtained by police during the course of their investigation has led police to believe there could be other victims. If you have information to believe another person may have been victimized you are encouraged to contact Rosemount Police Detective Julie Rauenhorst at 651-322- 2001.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint which is located online at Criminal Complaint Search
. If in custody, a mug shot can be viewed at Inmate Search
Rosemount Police Chief Eric Werner stated, “Social media and networking sites are an important part of our daily lives. It’s unspeakable to know the technology is being used to prey on children or commit other crimes. Internet crimes are more complex and private, making the community’s help even more important.” Werner asks that if you believe you or someone you know has been harmed, please contact law enforcement immediately.
Dakota County Attorney Backstrom commented: “It is very troubling to see social networking sites used in this manner. This predatory behavior targeting children over the Internet is a far bigger problem than most parents realize. Parents need to speak to their children about this issue and encourage the reporting of any inappropriate Internet communication.” Backstrom urged parents to monitor their child’s Internet use. To assist parents with online safety resources, go to the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center website at www.jwrc.org
, or contact Monica Jensen of the Dakota County Attorney’s Office at 651-438-4440
Stucky’s next court appearance is set for September 10, 2013 at 9 a.m. in Hastings. Bail in the amount of $75,000 without conditions ($30,000 with conditions) was set by Dakota County District Court Judge Patrice Sutherland.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440
.*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.