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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Charges alleging sexual assault of girl are dropped

  • Charges have been dropped against a former Duluth man who was accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a preteen girl over more than three years.
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  • Charges have been dropped against a former Duluth man who was accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a preteen girl over more than three years.
    Kenyon Ray Graves, 52, of Mitchell, S.D., faced up to 30 years in prison if convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in St. Louis County court.
    However, prosecutor Nate Stumme dropped the charge Wednesday, saying that new evidence raised serious doubt about Graves’ guilt and would have made the case impossible to prove.
    “It was a lot of information that came to light after it was charged that moved it from a challenging case to one that couldn’t be proven,” Stumme said, declining to go into specifics. “It looked like in the interests of justice, it shouldn’t be tried.”
    Graves’ Twin Cities-based defense attorney, Bill Sherry, declined to comment on the case when reached by phone Thursday.
    The case, which was filed in February 2011, was scheduled to go before a jury beginning Aug. 20.

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