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Brainerd man accused of sexually assaulting charges 12 year old

Frank Sanoski

A 36-year-old Brainerd man has been charged for allegedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.

Frank Sanoski, who is accused of sexually assaulting the girl since she was 8 or 9 years old, made his first appearance Nov. 9 in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd and was charged with three felony first-degree and two second-degree criminal sexual conduct charges. The criminal charge descriptions include sexually assaulting a victim under age 13, with someone who he has a significant relationship with, assaulting her using penetration and committing the offense multiple times.

A Rule 8 hearing—where the defendant's legal representation is addressed— was scheduled Monday for Sanoski, but he failed to appear in court. A warrant was issued for his arrest and he was apprehended Monday night and placed in the Crow Wing County Jail. Sanoski had his rescheduled Rule 8 hearing Wednesday in front of Judge Christopher Strandlie. At the hearing, a continuance was requested so Sanoski could consult with his own attorney. He did not request a public defender. During the hearing, Sanoski was released from jail along with several conditions of his release, such as having no contact with the victim, he cannot leave the state and he must appear for all court appearances, court documents stated.

His next court appearance is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Monday.

According to the probable cause court document filed against Sanoski, a Crow Wing County Sheriff's deputy received a report April 24 of criminal sexual conduct which reportedly occurred at a residence in Brainerd. The deputy spoke with the complainant, who is the mother of the 12-year-old female victim, over the phone. The mother stated her daughter just disclosed to her that Sanoski had touched her inappropriately in March while they were staying at his residence, which was actually his mother's residence. While everyone else was sleeping, Sanoski laid with the minor female and touched her inappropriately, the complaint stated.

An investigator contacted Crow Wing County Child Protections and were advised of the report. A social worker with Southwest Health and Human Services out of Marshall made arrangements to interview the victim. During the interview the victim disclosed Sanoski had sexually assaulted her since she was 8 or 9 years of age, the complaint stated. The victim said she finally told her mother because he was trying to set up time to see her younger sister alone and she was afraid he might try and touch her as well.

The investigator met with Sanoski on May 10 at the Crow Wing County Law Enforcement Center. Sanoski was advised he was not under arrest, that he was free to go at any time, and he did not have to speak with the investigator. The defendant agreed to speak with the investigator and during the course of the conversation corroborated much of the information provided by the minor female regarding the date, who was present at the residence and where the various people were sleeping. Sanoski denied touching the female victim in any inappropriate way, but he did indicate that if he did do what she alleged, it must have happened when he was sleeping and was essentially accidental, the complaint stated.

Sanoski is a convicted sex offender. In 2007, Sanoski had sexual contact with a victim while she was at his home babysitting his children in Brainerd.