Hartland man pleads not guilty to abusing teen

Published 9:00 pm Sunday, November 12, 2017

A Hartland man who allegedly sexually abused a teenage girl he knew last month pleaded not guilty Thursday in Freeborn County District Court.

Dennis James Posey

Dennis James Posey, 52, is charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Court documents state Posey was charged after he allegedly sexually assaulted the girl over a three-day period in October.

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A settlement conference is scheduled Dec. 21 and a jury trial is scheduled to begin March 13, if the case has not been settled by then.

As of Friday afternoon, Posey was in custody.

First-degree criminal sexual conduct carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $40,000 fine, with a mandatory minimum 12-year prison sentence.

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Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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