Proctor soccer player sentenced for sexually assaulting teammate – Reuters


DULUTH — A former Proctor football player has been placed on probation until his 21st birthday after admitting to sexually assaulting a teammate last fall.

Alec John Baney, 18, appeared for a decision hearing Monday morning before Judge Dale Harris at the St. Louis County Courthouse in Duluth. He apologized for the actions, while the victim’s mother read a statement about the effects of the assault on their family.

Baney, 17 at the time of the offence, pleaded guilty last month in juvenile court to one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Under the terms of the plea agreement, a prosecutor did not pursue a motion to have Baney certified to stand trial as an adult, but instead agreed to be named as an ‘extended jurisdictional juvenile’ .

This means the case remained in juvenile court and Baney will be subject to a number of conditions until he turns 21 in January 2025. But he was also given a four-year adult prison sentence suspended sentence, which could be executed if he does not comply. with probation.

Baney will also have to register as a predatory offender for the next 10 years.

Baney admitted on May 17 to using a toilet plunger to assault the 15-year-old, whom he said he chased down with half a dozen other teammates after the varsity training session on September 7.

“I saw a few people attack him and then take his pants off,” Baney said during the plea hearing. “He was lying on his stomach and I pricked him with a plunger.”

The assault rumors led to the cancellation of the team‘s season, a major outcry in the community and social media, a lengthy police investigation and the resignation of the team’s coach, among other ramifications.

Baney described himself as “really good friends” with the victim and said the September incident “started with a Snapchat group thing”. He did not elaborate as the judge said it was irrelevant, but the petition said a third party had sent an obscene photo to a group of football players using the phone and social media account. Victim’s Snapchat.

Baney told the court there were ongoing ups and downs in the locker room regarding the plunger. He said players would touch each other with both ends of the tool and joke about “getting the plunger”.

On the day in question, Baney admitted that he and a handful of teammates chased the victim from the locker room to the training ground, with others attacking the boy. He said two other people took the teenager’s pants off before he committed the assault.

Juvenile court records and hearings are public when the defendant was 16 or 17 at the time of the offense and is charged with a crime.

This is a developing story; check back for updates.


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