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Detroit Lakes Tribune, Published May 09 2009

Callaway 18-year-old charged in boy’s rape

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Bail was set at $100,000 on Thursday for a Callaway man accused of rape.

Robin Cedrick Anderson, 18, of 24850 County Road 110, Callaway, has been charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a serious felony.

According to court records:

On Sunday, Anderson approached a group of teens at the BMX race track near the Becker County Fairgrounds, and they went to his residence, where he allegedly gave them Keystone beer and gave one of them, a 15-year-old boy, three sleeping pills.

Later that evening, he allegedly approached the 15-year-old while they were alone in the living room and sexually assaulted him using force. He allegedly burned the boy’s back with a cigarette lighter and slapped the back of his head several times during the course of the assault.

When questioned, he told an investigator that the boy slept overnight at his home and left the next morning.

His attorney, Timothy Dodd of Detroit Lakes, said his client is innocent.

“To say that we vigorously dispute these allegations would be an understatement,” he told District Judge Lisa Borgen, at a hearing Thursday afternoon.

Assistant Becker County Attorney Tammy Merkins asked for bond to be set at $200,000, since the charge carries a presumptive prison term and Anderson could thus be considered a flight risk. She also asked for the high bond out of concern for public safety.

Dodd argued that amount is prohibitively high. “He’s never been charged with a felony, he lives with his mother, he attends online school,” Dodd said, adding that some form of house arrest would be more reasonable. He said $25,000 “would be more appropriate, if cash bail is needed.”

Borgen split the difference, setting bail or bond at $100,000, with conditions that include no contact with the alleged victim, no unsupervised contact with minors, no alcohol or drugs, and no leaving the state.

Anderson’s next court appearance is May 18.


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