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Forum News Service, Published June 27 2013

Minnesota Salvation Army employee faces child sex, porn charges

DULUTH, Minn. - A Salvation Army youth basketball coach who appeared in televised announcements promoting the benefits of the program has been charged with twice sexually assaulting a preteen boy and in a separate incident photographing him in sexual positions.

Peter Jay Olson, 47, was arraigned Thursday in State District Court in Duluth on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, possessing pictorial representation of minors and use of a minor in a sexual performance. All four crimes are felonies. The guideline prison sentence for a first-degree criminal sexual conduct conviction is 12 years in prison for someone with no prior criminal record. Olson has no prior criminal record.

Olson was also a Lake Park Little League coach in Duluth and his alleged victim was one of his players. According to the criminal complaint, Olson has admitted to investigators that he sexually assaulted the boy in a Salvation Army office and at the defendant’s home.

The judge set bail at $400,000 with no conditions, or $200,000 with conditions that he not leave the state, obey all laws, and have no contact with minors. Olson didn’t immediately make bail and was being held Thursday evening in the St. Louis County Jail.