Kasson officer charged with sexual assault

Published 8:15 pm Friday, June 22, 2018

ROCHESTER — A Kasson police officer is being held on unconditional bond of $1 million for criminal sexual conduct charges in Olmsted County.

Fifty-one-year-old Julio Baez was arrested earlier this week at a Winona motel.

A complaint against Baez says he sexually abused two girls, one for 11 years, from the time she was 5 until she was 16 years old. The second girl says Baez sexually assaulted her beginning when she was 4 and from ages 18 to 23 when Baez lived in Byron.

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The charges followed an investigation into what police say was self-inflicted gunshot wounds to Baez while he was on duty June 2. The Post-Bulletin reports Baez’s attorney Christa Groshek, in court Thursday, said it wasn’t clear who shot the officer. Groshek says Baez “vehemently denies” the accusations.