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Forum Communications, Published November 26 2012

Minnesota court upholds drugs-for-sex conviction

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed the conviction of a man who claimed he was bribed with sex by an informant in order to buy drugs.

Adam Kent Christenson was convicted in Beltrami County District Court of felony third-degree sale of a controlled substance in November 2011, according to court documents. He sold Percocet to a citizen informant enlisted to the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force by Bemidji Police Capt. James Marcotte, who was assigned to the task force, according to the court’s filing.

The unnamed female informant testified in district court that she had to “bribe” Christenson with sex to convince him to sell her pills, according to the court filing. Christenson motioned for the case to be dismissed, arguing that the sexual relationship constituted outrageous government conduct in violation of his due process guarantees.

The district court, however, concluded that “it appears clear from the record that their sexual relationship pre-existed her disclosure of (Christenson’s) identity to Marcotte.”

It added: “There is absolutely no evidence that Marcotte encouraged her to become involved sexually with (Christenson) or that he was even aware of it.”