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Forum Communications, Published September 25 2012

Woodbury man accused of sexually assaulting girl

WOODBURY, Minn. - A Woodbury man accused of sexually assaulting a girl since she was 5 years old was charged last week with four counts of criminal sexual conduct.

Anthony Neil Sweet, 51, was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, along with third- and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct counts.

In a criminal complaint, Sweet is accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl known to him since she was 5 years old, as well as attempting to sexually assault the girl’s friend.

The allegations came to light this month after the friend of the girl told police Sweet had touched her sexually while she was staying at his home in August.

In an interview with police, Sweet admitted to sexually assaulting the girl he knew since she was 5 and that it continued through August 2012. The complaint states he also admitted to taking photos of the girl while she was naked and in sexually suggestive poses.

Sweet also admitted he attempted to sexually assault the friend, according to the complaint.