(St. Peter, MN) – The rural New Ulm woman accused of knowing about the sexual misconduct against her daughters and doing nothing to protect them has pleaded guilty.
Wendy Sorenson reached a deal with prosecutors last week to plead guilty to two counts of child endangerment. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
Sorenson’s case for welfare fraud is still pending, as she allegedly lied about their family’s income to receive around $9,000 in medical assistance for which they were not eligible.
Meantime, Wendy’s estranged husband Robert Sorenson is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday (March 19) after he earlier pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct and interfering with the privacy of a minor.
Robert could get up to nine years in prison.
According to the complaint, Robert Sorenson had sexual contact with one of Wendy’s daughters numerous times in 2013 when she was under the age of 16. Some of the incidents happened at their home in Nicollet County. Another took place at a hotel in Willmar, where he also allegedly provided her with marijuana first.
With the other daughter, he allegedly set up a hidden camera to videotape her while she took a bath and he stole her dirty underwear.
Text messages show that after the incident, the girl told her mom, and Wendy replied that she was sick of the accusations against Robert and that the girl was “one lucky little sh*t…spoiled.”
Police say during their investigation, a search of the Sorenson’s home turned up videos of Robert and Wendy engaged in sexual acts with each other and with others. Police say videos of bestiality that involved the Sorensons and their family pet, a black lab named Shadow, were also found. Charges for that were not brought because the statute of limitations had expired.
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