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Associated Press, Published September 16 2010

Stearns County deputy faces more sex charges

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors have filed four more charges against a Stearns County deputy accused of providing alcohol to three minors and sexually assaulting them.

The St. Cloud Times reports Thursday that 40-year-old Sgt. Phillip Jerome Meemken has now been charged with 22 felony sexual assault charges and three misdemeanors.

He was scheduled to be in Stearns County District Court on Thursday afternoon for a hearing on the original charges and a first appearance on the four new charges.

Court documents indicate the new charges were filed after the mother of an alleged victim contacted the state police with new allegations.

Meemken is free after posting bail. He's on paid leave from the department.

Meemken's attorney has said there is "ample evidence that controverts" the allegations.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.