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Forum Communications, Published November 07 2012

Fisher teen takes plea deal in kindergarten sex crime case

CROOKSTON, Minn. - A Fisher, Minn., teenager will spend at least 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to sex crimes with two kindergarten girls in his care.

Jarrin Boucher, 18, pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors Tuesday in state district court in Crookston to two counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct with two girls during the 2011-2012 school year.

A high school senior at the time, Boucher was first charged May 1 with sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl in the class room.

He was taking part in a youth service program that earned him class credit for assisting in the kindergarten class.

Later, a 5-year-old girl came forward with similar allegations.

The girls told their parents and authorities Boucher touched them under their clothing during nap times in the classroom.

After first denying the allegations, Boucher admitted the acts.

He turned 18 April 15 and initially was charged in juvenile court. But the nature of the alleged crimes and his age argued for adult court, prosecutors said. First-degree criminal sexual conduct in Minnesota includes sexual penetration or can also include other sexual contact with a victim younger than 13.

Boucher faced a possible 30 years or more in prison before taking the plea deal.

The terms of the plea agreement recommend a range from 12 to nearly 14 years in prison, said Alex Reichert, Boucher’s attorney. A judge will determine the exact sentence after an investigation.

“I can tell you he is completely destroyed by this and he feels absolutely awful,” Reichert said. “He was heavily under the influence of and addicted to marijuana when it happened.”

Fisher school officials said they were investigating the way the youth program worked and whether enough supervision was provided over Boucher, in this case.

Reichert said that aspect of the situation didn’t impinge on his client’s case. “Jarrin is not blaming anyone else for his conduct.”

Parents of the victims were in court Tuesday.