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Former Wadena social worker sentenced on sex charges

Todd Michael Anderson, 29, Verndale, has been sentenced to 12 months in jail after being convicted of criminal sexual conduct in the third and fourth degree Tuesday morning in the Wadena County District Court.

Special Assistant Wadena County Attorney Todd Kosovich said in a statement that Anderson was accused of criminal sexual relations with two young men, one 18 and the other 19, during the month of June, 2011. Anderson worked as a chemical dependency counselor for Wadena County Human Services. The defendant met them during his employment. The complaint alleges Anderson told one of the young men to keep their encounter quiet or “I can pull strings and [mess] up your life.” The other victim reported feeling threatened by the power Anderson had over him. Anderson admitted having sexual contact with both victims during his guilty plea hearing on May 14.

Due to Anderson’s working for Wadena County, Assistant Morrison County Attorney Todd Kosovich was appointed a special prosecutor for Anderson’s cases.

Anderson was sentenced to 48 months in prison, stayed for 15 years on the condition he serve 364 days in jail, comply with sexual offender evaluation recommendations, have no contact with the victims, and abstain from alcohol and illegal drugs. Anderson was also ordered to register as a predatory offender and provide a DNA sample to authorities.

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