A 64-year-old Brainerd man is accused of sexually abusing a girl during a four-year period.
Charles Leroy Mass was charged in June with three felonies in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct using penetration with a person under age 13 and second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim under age 13, but older than 36 months.
According to the probable cause court document filed against Mass, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office took a report May 22 of a 9-year-old girl who was being sexually abused by Mass, a man known to her. During an interview, the girl described incidents that occurred since she was 5, indicating Mass used force when he sexually assaulted her.
In a statement to investigators, Mass acknowledged an incident occurring in his semitrailer could have happened as he has been in the truck alone with the girl, the complaint stated. Mass admitted touching her over her pants in his house, but didn't know if she realized he was doing that. He admitted one time she was in his truck and he told her to take her pants off so she wouldn't get them dirty, but he just wanted her to take her pants off. He stated he may have taken his pants off when she was in the truck. Mass denied penetration, the complaint stated.
Mass has a prior conviction for third-degree criminal sexual conduct from an incident in 2001 when he had intercourse with a 14-year-old girl after giving her alcohol.
A judge signed an order for release for Mass, who is no longer being held in the Crow Wing County Jail in Brainerd. His next court hearing is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in front of Judge Erik A. Askegaard. Mass’ application for a public defender was denied and he is representing himself.