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Man found guilty of 'heinous' sexual assaults


January 21, 2022

Jana Peterson

A Carlton County jury found Dennis St. John guilty of three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct last week, with heinous elements. The guilty verdicts mean he will spend the rest of his life in prison, without the possibility of parole.

After nearly seven hours of deliberation and close to five days of testimony, a Carlton County jury returned guilty verdicts on all but one kidnapping charge for a Scanlon man accused of rape, kidnapping and domestic abuse.

The jury found Dennis Michael St. John, 55, guilty of three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct "with heinous elements," plus one count of kidnapping and domestic assault with the intent of bodily harm. They found him innocent of a second kidnapping charge.

By finding him guilty of the heinous elements, St. John will spend his life in prison with no possibilit...

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