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Friday, December 7, 2018

He Muffled Her Screams and Raped Oakdale Child, Only 90 Days in Jail and Probation for Man From Mahtomedi

Josh Buck
In January of 2018 parents reported to police 3 minors who were possible victims of child rape. In the criminal complaint, Joshua Allan Buck of 196 Hallam Avenue S in Mahtomedi was named as the accused child rapist. Without explaining the horrifying details of the rape, the complaint says Josh Buck was the boyfriend of one of the children's mother. Occasionally he would take the kids and their friends to outings like bowling. On the day in question the 3 child victims reported they were spending the day with him, they all went to his house in Mahtomedi and they played video games. Later in the day Buck gave the children who were 12, 13 and 15 years old alcohol, it says in the complaint. The 13 year old "passed out" on the bathroom floor and the 12 and 15 year old went to sleep in a bed. Josh Buck then was reported to have got into the bed with the two kids. The 12 year old was passed out. Buck then began to rape the 15 year old child. The child fought him, but she was overpowered and he covered the mouth of the child to prevent her from waking up the others for help. Eventually the other children woke up and they made him drive them home it says in the criminal complaint. 

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Police arrested Josh Buck and questioned him about the reported rape and the reports from the children he would send them sexual text messages. They searched his house and found video recording equipment pointed at the bed where the rape was reported to have occurred. He told police what he knew the children were minors and that what he did was wrong. He admitted to covering the mouth of the victim. He also stated that he was attracted to young girls.

Washington county prosecutors charged Josh Buck with only third degree criminal sexual conduct, victim 13 to 15 years old for the apparent violent rape of the child. He was convicted less than a year later and got only 90 days in jail and 15 years probation where most felons only do 2/3rds of their probation if they follow the terms. This happens over and over in Wahington County where prosecutors appear to be capable of charging a child rapist with 1st or 2nd degree child rape, but only charge with 3rd degree. What's worse is Minnesota law has very weak sentences. Even if he was charged and convicted of first degree child rape he would have likely only got 2 or 3 years in jail.  According to a new public safety tool by the nationally active child advocacy group Protect.org, Washington County ranks last in the metro and 50th in the state for strength of prosecution of child exploitation according to the non-partisan site. See the detailed data, for over ten years, the safety tool shows about any of the 87 counties in MN at https://protect.org/safetytool/      

See some of the many cases in the last couple years of those convicted of supposedly harsh 1st or 2nd degree rape from Washington County:

To see dozens of examples in the last two years of insane plea deals from Washington County prosecutors and the weak MN sex offender law letting the public down see: http://wcwatchdog.com/local-sex-offender-articles/

In Minnesota, law makers and prosecutors believe child rapists can be "rehabilitated," do not need to be monitored, and can become good members of society. The evidence is the fact no bill has passed to make sex offender law more tough in the last two years. Also, Only several hundred of the over 20,000 convicted rapists in Minnesota are confined in prison. Most only do a couple years and then are released. More information here:

If you hope to see any law change, continue to contact law makers, especially Senator Warren Limmer who has refused to pass the sex offender bills in his key special committee in the Senate. 

It's clear that just because a child rapist is charged or convicted, doesn't mean justice will be served after sentencing if convicted. Therefore, if the punishment for ALL criminal sexual conduct crimes is raised than weak charges and convictions will be stronger. With the raised bar there won't be a thing as an outrageous plea deal to lesser rape charges or a weak sentence.

Tell legislators to also make the sex offender list public like nearly every other State in the Country does. All but MN, DC, and Maine have public lists. Maine only has 2,700 sex offenders in their state though. Compared to over 20,000 in MN. 

DATE: 1/22/2018
DEFENDANT: Joshua Allan Buck 
DOB: 11/5/1992
 CITY/RESIDENCE:
MN AGENCY: Washington County Sheriff's Office 
CHARGE: I: Criminal Sex Conduct-3rd Degree-Victim 13-15 Actor >24m older 
PROSECUTOR: Pete Orput
CONVICTION: 3rd Degree Criminal Sex Conduct 
SENTENCE: Stay of imposition; 15 years of probation; 90 days jail with 7 days credited; $250.00 fine 

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