(St. Peter, MN) – A rural New Ulm man will serve a long stint in prison after earlier pleading guilty to criminal sexual conduct and interfering with the privacy of a minor.
Robert James Sorenson was sentenced to nine-years behind bars. He won’t be eligible for release until January of 2024. Sorenson was also ordered to pay nearly $17,000 in restitution and for victim assistance and he must register as a predatory offender.
According to the complaint, Sorenson had sexual contact with one of his step-daughters numerous times when she was under the age of 16.
With another step-daughter, he allegedly set up a hidden camera to videotape her while she took a bath and he stole her dirty underwear.
The mother of the girls, Wendy Sorenson, was accused of knowing about the sexual misconduct and doing nothing to protect her daughters. Wendy Sorenson reached a deal with prosecutors earlier this month to plead guilty to two counts of child endangerment. A sentencing date is pending.
Police say during their investigation, videos of bestiality that involved the Sorensons and their dog were also found. Charges for that were not brought because the statute of limitations had expired.
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