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Brainerd man gets 12 years in prison for criminal sexual conduct

A 21-year-old Brainerd man was sentenced July 18 to 12 years in prison for sexually assaulting three juvenile males at a residence in Brainerd, court documents said.

Tyler Steven Jay was sentenced by Judge Jana M. Austad in Crow Wing District Court to serve his time in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud. He was given time for credit served of 373 days. Austad sentenced Jay to 144 months each for two counts for felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct-penetration or contact with victim under age 13. The third first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge, Jay was sentenced to 153 months. All three sentences are concurrent, meaning he will serve each sentence at the same time. Conditional release after his confinement is set at 100 years.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Jay:

• Crow Wing County Social Services received a report on or about June 28, 2013, that Jay sexually assaulted three juvenile males at a residence in Brainerd in November of 2010.

• The initial report was based on a disclosure that a 10-year-old made to his father. The victim was helping put away Halloween decorations in the recreation room at Jay's residence along with two others. Jay had the boys pull down their pants.

• In an interview with a 13-year-old, Jay sexually assaulted the boy on multiple occasions at the same residence. The boy said there were times he was there with the other victim and they were both sexually assaulted at the same time. The 13-year-old victim believes he was going into third grade "the last time something happened."

• According to the 13-year-old's mother, he stopped going to Jay's residence when he started fifth grade.

• In a subsequent interview with a 9-year-old, all three boys were sexually assaulted. The victim said they also were sexually assaulted while in the water at Whipple Beach in Baxter. The 9-year-old victim said Jay also made the boys sexually assault each other. The victim said he was in first grade the first time something happened and that he was going into third grade the last time something happened.

The prosecuting attorney in the case was Tom J. Harbinson, special assistant county attorney for Stearns County.

Jay originally was charged with nine counts criminal sexual conduct, six were in the first-degree and three were in the second-degree. In a plea agreement on Jan. 17, Jay plead guilty to three first-degree criminal sexual conduct-penetration or contact with victim under age 13 and not guilty to the other six charges.

On Friday, Jay was convicted on three felony criminal sexual conduct charges and the other six were dismissed.