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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Fleet Farm Fondler Convicted of Groping 13 y/o. In Rare Occurrence, No Plea Deal but Sentence Still Weak

The Fleet Farm Fondler, Jesse Garrett Erdman of St. Paul has been convicted of the original charges of 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct -Victim under 16 for groping the private parts of a 13 year old female in the Oakdale Fleet Farm in
Pic of Jesse Erdman, same DOB & city from public facebook
Washington County in April 2017. We did the a post about his disturbing crime that was caught on surveillance video last year: 

We stated in the article that typically these child predators get offered deals to plead guilty on lesser charges so the County can avoid costly and time consuming trial. So was the case of Caleb Wolfgram of Forest Lake who had two prior convictions for spying on children undressing at stores and a tanning salon. While on probation Wolfgram struck a third time and sexually assaulted a 12 year old girl on camera in the Forest Lake Target in 2016. He was charged by Washington County Prosecutor Imran Ali with 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC); however, the County gave him a ridiculous plea deal down to 4rth degree CSC and is eligible for release in just 24 months if agrees to treatment. When he gets out in November of 2018 it does not appear he will be on probation or the sex offender registry. Not that it matters because the sex offender registry in MN is not public like it is in 47 other states.

For this case of Jesse Erdman, he was not offered a plea deal and was convicted of the original charges. Shocking since it was nearly the same crime as Wolfgram and both were caught on camera. More surprising is the guy with multiple convictions got a plea deal but Erdman got nothing. This rare occurrence goes to show the County is capable of getting convictions to the fullest extent of the law. Hopefully this is a new trend for the County Attorney Pete Orput.

Erdman was Sentenced to 3 years in prison and fifteen years of probation. He will be on the sex offender registry for the maximum of ten years.

The solution is in Minnesota law makers hands to make it so no sex crime against a child goes without mandated prison time and lifetime sex offender registration. Currently most child rapists rarely do more than a year in jail and no more than 10 years on the sex offender registry. See more about the solution here: Rampant Sex Crime on Children, in Just 2yrs, 10 Cases From County Alone, 8 Simple Laws to Update

The problem is further explained in our related article: Watchdog Review of Each of the Fifty States Sex Offender Laws Finds Minnesota Ranked the Most Unsafe

Please contact your legislators. see:

For many more examples from Washington County of convicted sex offenders still on our streets see our other posts here:

DATE: 2/9/2018 
DEFENDANT: Jesse Garrett Erdman
DOB: 4/20/1989 
MN AGENCY: Oakdale Police Department 
JUDGE: John C. Hoffman 
CONVICTION: Criminal Sexual Conduct 2nd Degree  609.343.1(g)
15 years probation after completing 36 months incarceration as stay of execution; conditional 365 days jail if violates probation; 1st 180 days are straight time; no Sentence to Service; no work release; after 180 days in jail Defendant can petition court to go to sex offender treatment program and court will consider (no promises) furlough to sex offender treatment program; restitution of $886.73 to victim via Court Administration and keep restitution open for potential of continuing therapy for victim; probationary domestic abuse no contact order with victim; no unsupervised contact with any minors without probation/court consent except own children

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