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Monday, August 14, 2017

No Mandated Jail time for Convicted St Paul Park Man who Sexually Assaulted a Child

See more articles like this warning you of released sex offenders in our area: http://wcwatchdog.com/local-sex-offender-articles/

Brandon Leigh Roach of St. Paul Park, owner of DBM roofing, 
1126 MARSHALL AVE , 
Recently accepted a plea deal from Washington County prosecutors for:
I: 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct to a child, victim under 16 609.343.1(g)
II: 5th degree criminal sexual conduct -Lewd Exhibition- victim under 16 609.3451

According to the criminal complaint Brandon Roach essentially psychologically tormented an 11 year old girl for a year with sexual advances via text messages, in conversation, and at least one time exposing himself to her. Eventually he escalated to sexually assaulting her after a year of abuse with sexual advances; forcing her to perform oral sex on him. He was charged with heavy level one felonies that could have got him a total of 24 years in prison if convicted:
Originally charged with: 
I: 1st degree criminal sexual conduct to a child, victim under 13 609.342 subdivision 1a
II: 1st degree criminal sexual conduct to a child, victim under 16 609.342 subdivision 1g
III: 5th degree criminal sexual conduct -Lewd Exhibition- victim under 16 609.3451

However; after 3 years in court he plead guilty for a weak 2nd degree felony with no mandated jail time (he gets less than a year) and just 25 years probation and only 10 years on the sex offender list (the max in MN).

Minnesota sex offender laws and sentencing guidelines are the weakest in the Country.
From Kare11 news story: “We know of no other state in the union with sentencing as weak as Minnesota’s for child sexual exploitation.”
Report: MN weak on protecting children from exploitation (protect.org)


Washington County prosecutors did not respond for a request to clarify on the case. We spoke to a Dakota County prosecutor who stated these cases are difficult to prosecute because they often lack physical evidence and the traumatized child victims often can not handle the stress of reliving the assault by testifying. This leaves prosecutors having to negotiate with child rapist defense lawyers who also know a trial would hinge on the fragile testimony of the child. 

It appears there was no physical evidence against Brandon Roach other than admitting the sexual texts to the child was inappropriate. The only apparent legs for the case were the expert child counselors and law enforcement who appeared to have no doubt the child's story was true.
Please contact our legislators and tell them to massively increase the sentencing guidelines on 2nd through 5th degree criminal sexual conduct MN statute 609.343 through 609.3451. Because it's clear that just because a child predator is charged with heavy 1st degree rape charges, does not mean they will be convicted of it. Therefore, if the punishment for ALL criminal sexual conduct crimes is raised than plea deals will be less weak. It is insane that a man who torments a child for year and then sexually assaults her gets a plea deal with no mandated jail time.

Aside from this article his name would not have come up on google for his actions. Tell legislators to also make the sex offender list public like nearly every other State in the County does. All but MN and Maine have public lists. Maine only has 2,700 sex offenders in their state though. Compared to nearly 20,000 in MN. see: Rampant Sex Crime on Children, in Just 2yrs, 10 Cases From County Alone, 8 Simple Laws to Update

We encourage you to contact your legislators to fix the law; but most important is providing help to the local victims. Many groups are out there doing great work across the State. At WCW our focus is local, sharing Washington County related stories to emphasize the reality that sex crime is too common here. But our work doesn't help the shattered victims. So we highly recommend helping local victims through a local group called EmpowerSurvivors. They are a peer led 501(c3) non-profit group for those affected by sexual abuse. One of the many ways they help is by holding free weekly meetings in Stillwater as a safe place. They also host free and private online support on their website and blog. The founder, Elizabeth Sullivan, is a survivor of child sexual abuse and has devoted her life to helping victims here in the Washington County area. Every cent donated goes to their mission of "survivors helping survivors." Their new location in downtown Stillwater could use office supplies such as a printer, pens, paper and more.  Of course any donation amount helps. You can also use Paypal for a one time gift.

While the public can find hope and security if laws and sentencing guidelines can improve; the victims of sex crime in Washington County are left shattered by the crime even if the offender is punished to the fullest extent of the law. Contact elected officials; but also consider the important step of supporting victims. Please consider donating to EmpowerSurvivors here in Washington County. Find out more at www.EmpowerSurvivors.net 

Legislators to contact in Washington County:

Susan Kent (53, DFL)  
651-296-4166 
E-mail: sen.susan.kent@senate.mn

Dan Schoen (54, DFL)  
651-297-8060 
E-mail: sen.dan.schoen@senate.mn
Charles W. Wiger (43, DFL) 
651-296-6820 
E-mail: sen.chuck.wiger@senate.mn

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