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Forum Communications Co., Published January 09 2011

Minnesota sex offender accused of raping roommate

DULUTH, Minn. – A resident of the Minnesota Sexual Offender Program has been charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Carlton County Court.

Brian Lee Sorenson, 38, was charged Monday with a total of four counts of criminal sexual conduct relating to an incident at the Sexual Of­fender Program facility in Moose Lake in the early hours of Dec. 30.

According to the criminal complaint, Sorenson assaulted his roommate at

the residential treatment center, causing a bloody nose, and forced him to engage in both oral and anal sex. Afterward, according to the complaint, Sorenson allegedly tried to strangle the victim with a belt, at which point the person managed to get to the intercom to call for help.

Although Sorenson re­quested that the court allow him to return to the facility in Moose Lake through attorney Jeremy Downs, prosecuting attorney Nichole Carter argued that Sorenson should remain at the Carlton County Jail in Carlton.

“I am concerned about the safety of the other residents,” Carter told Judge Robert Macaulay. “There is evidence this crime had been planned.”

Carter also cited Sorenson’s criminal history, which includes convictions of attempted second-degree murder, fourth-degree assault, felony third-degree assault and charges of terroristic threats/reckless disregard dating from 1994 to 2007, when he was sent to the facility in Moose Lake.

Macaulay ruled Sorenson would have to remain in jail until his next appearance.

Although Downs represented Sorenson for his arraignment, Sorenson will be represented by attorney Terri Ann Port Wright, who is representing all Minnesota Sexual Offender Program residents facing criminal charges in Carlton County.