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Brainerd man faces charges for criminal sexual conduct with a minor

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office reported Curtiss Wayne Hoffman was arrested Friday at his place of employment on multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct.

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BRAINERD — A 54-year-old man Brainerd was arrested Friday, Nov. 18, at his place of employment on multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct with a child.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office reported Curtiss Wayne Hoffman was arrested at 2:37 p.m. Friday, at Brainerd Ace Hardware, 214 W. Washington St. On Monday morning, management at Brainerd Ace Hardware said Hoffman was no longer employed at the business.

Curtiss Wayne Hoffman
Curtiss Wayne Hoffman
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On Nov. 11, the sheriff’s office received a report of a child under the age of 13 who several weeks earlier was sexually assaulted at a Brainerd residence. The sexual assaults of the child, who is known to the defendant, started about two years ago, according to the criminal complaint filed against Hoffman.

After the child told her mother about the sexual assaults, her mother texted Hoffman and asked if there was any truth to the claims. Hoffman responded with “Some,” along with two sad face emojis, according to the criminal complaint. He also sent a text message to the woman saying he would turn himself in to authorities.

On Nov. 17, the sheriff’s office executed a search warrant at Hoffman’s residence and seized his cellphone. The electronic data showed the phone was reset to factory settings on Nov. 14.

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Hoffman faces charges of felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct with contact or penetration of someone under the age of 14 by someone more than 36 months older; felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct with contact or penetration of someone under the age of 16 with whom a significant relationship is shared; felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct with someone under the age of 16 with multiple acts of penetration by someone with a significant relationship; and felony second-degree criminal sexual conduct with someone under the age of 16 with multiple acts.

The first-degree charges carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison with a fine of $40,000. The maximum sentence for the second-degree charge is 25 years in prison and a fine of $35,000.

Hoffman made his first appearance on the criminal charges Monday in Crow Wing County District Court. His next court hearing is scheduled for Dec. 6. He remained in the Crow Wing County Jail Monday. Bail/bond was set at $200,000 with conditions or $300,000 with no conditions.

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