A 26-year-old Pequot Lakes man is accused of injuring a teenage victim he coerced into having sex.
Brayden Scott Breitbach first appeared Friday, Nov. 1, in Crow Wing County District Court to face three felony charges of criminal sexual conduct. The victim, who is between 13 and 15 years old and is known to the defendant, recently disclosed the sexual encounters to a staff member of the Family Advocacy Center of Northern Minnesota.
The victim described escalating behavior of domination and control over the course of six months earlier this year, and told an advocate she was there to discuss “the trauma he put me through.” Trauma disclosed by the victim included physical injury incurred during sexual encounters. The criminal sexual conduct occurred at three separate locations, according to the complaint.
A Crow Wing County sheriff’s investigator researched Breitbach’s criminal history, where he learned the defendant was arrested as a juvenile 10 years ago for first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct and was found guilty of committing a delinquent act. Breitbach is a registered predatory offender with no risk level assigned, which is standard procedure for juvenile offenders, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reports.
After he was located Thursday by Baxter police officers, Breitbach agreed to accompany the investigator to the Law Enforcement Center for an interview, where he was read his Miranda rights and arrested.
Charges include first-degree criminal sexual conduct with penetration causing injury by using force or coercion, third-degree using force or coercion and third-degree when a victim is 13-15 years old and the actor is more than two years older.
If convicted of the first-degree charge, which carries the stiffest penalty of the offenses, Breitbach faces imprisonment up to 30 years, a fine of $40,000, or both. According to the Minnesota statute addressing first-degree criminal sexual conduct, the court shall presume an executed sentence of at least 12 years for offenders convicted of the offense, or otherwise would be departing from the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines.
Breitbach remains in custody in the Crow Wing County Jail on $35,000 bail or bond with conditions, or $70,000 with no conditions. His next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 12, before Judge Patricia A. Aanes.