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Plea results in sentence with probation and treatment

Minnesota residents who are charged with criminal offenses such as sex-related crimes can understandably be concerned about their futures. While difficult, it is always important at the outset of a criminal defense process to remember that a charge is not the same thing as a conviction. What may ultimately come of a charge can vary greatly from what is initially alleged or even formally charged. A 28-year-old Minnesota high school coach and teacher offers an example of this.

The man was accused of using a pen with an embedded camera to take video images of male students at the high school where he worked. The video footage was captured while the boys were showing in the locker room of the school. A report indicates that one student used the pen to write down sports plays and discovered the videos.

The defendant was originally charged with eight different offenses. Each offense was a felony. In the end, he entered into a plea bargain and, as such, four of the charges against him were dropped. For the remaining four, he entered a guilty plea. It is not known exactly what those charges are. His sentence is for 21 months in prison however he may not actually have to spend any of the time behind bars. Instead, he may be able to enter treatment and abide by probation rules.

Defendants accused of sex crimes in Minnesota might want to contact a lawyer to understand their options when facing these serious offenses.

Source:, "Coach gets suspended sentence for videotaping students," Dylan Wohlenhaus and Dana Thiede, Nov. 28, 2016

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