Swanville man arrested for third degree sexual contact with a minor

Keith Ray Kern, 21, Swanville, was charged Aug. 1, in Morrison County District Court, with one felony count each of third degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

On July 24, Morrison County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an adult male having sexual contact with a 15-year-old female.

The victim, who reported the incident, allegedly said Kern knew she was only 15 years old.

On July 30, Kern was arrested and while at the sheriff’s office, allegedly said he knew she was underage.

According to the criminal complaint, Kern also said a relative had warned him, “Hands off, she’s 15.”

If convicted, Kern faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and/or a $30,000 fine.