Dakota County Attorney Kathy Keena announced that Randy Allen Beehler, age 54 of Foley, Minnesota, was sentenced today by Judge Tim Wermager for having sexual contact with a female detainee he was transporting. At the time of the offense, Beehler was a corrections officer employed by the Minnesota Department of Corrections and was assigned to transport inmates. Beehler pled guilty to one count of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Fourth Degree on March 24, 2021. Judge Wermager placed Beehler on probation for a period of 7 years and sentenced him to serve 120 days in jail. Several other conditions were imposed, including a requirement that Beehler participate in sex offender treatment and register as a predatory offender.
On September 30, 2019, Hennepin County Sheriff's detectives were contacted to investigate a report of criminal sexual conduct involving a Minnesota Department of Corrections officer who had transported a female inmate from the Olmsted County Jail to the Hennepin County Jail. An adult female (hereafter referred to as the “Victim") reported to staff at the Hennepin County Jail that she had been sexually assaulted by the person who transported her from Olmsted County. The Victim reported that while being transported that day, Beehler told the victim he was going to stop for food. The Victim indicated that she would “do anything" for some food and Beehler asked if that included coming up to the front seat and “fooling around". Beehler asked the Victim if she would tell anyone if they did that and the Victim said no. Beehler told the Victim she could get in a lot of trouble if she told anyone. Beehler stopped the vehicle at a McDonald's drive-thru in Cannon Falls and ordered meals for them both. After leaving the restaurant, Beehler parked the vehicle by an abandoned business, un-cuffed the victim and brought her up to the front seat. Thereafter Beehler started back on the road. While traveling through Dakota County, Beehler opened his pants exposing his penis and the Victim manually stimulated him and performed oral sex on him.
When questioned by an investigator, Beehler initially denied any inappropriate contact, but eventually admitted that he had gotten the Victim food at McDonald's in Cannon Falls and permitted her to sit in the front seat of the vehicle while there. He also admitted the Victim performed the sexual acts described above.
Keena commented: “I am pleased Mr. Beehler is being held accountable for his actions. As an employee of the Minnesota Department of Corrections, Mr. Beehler was entrusted with the Victim's care and protection while transporting her to the Hennepin County Jail. He violated his position of authority by engaging in sexual acts with a woman who was in a very vulnerable situation."
Due to the nature of the crime described in the criminal complaint, it has not been posted to our website. A copy can be obtained by contacting the Dakota County Court Administrator's Office (at 651-438-8100). Previous news releases can be viewed at County Attorney News Releases. If in custody, a mug shot can be viewed at Inmate Search.
Keena praised Cheri Townsend, Criminal Division Head and Cory Monnens, Assistant County Attorney, who prosecuted the case. Keena thanks the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, the Dakota County Sheriff's Office, Cannon Falls Police Department and the Minnesota Department of Corrections for their thorough investigation of this case. If you have questions, contact Kathy Keena at 651-438-4440.