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Rosemount Man Charged with Statutory Rape of 14-Year-Old

Police say Joshua Robert Hare knew the victim's age when he had sex with her last spring.

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A Rosemount man has been charged with statutory rape after police say he had sex with a 14-year-old Burnsville junior high school student.

Joshua Robert Hare, 21, is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony with a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

A warrant for Hare’s arrest was issued Oct. 11. He turned himself in at the Dakota County Sheriff’s Department on Oct. 15.

According to the criminal complaint, Burnsville police received a report last April 5 that Hare might have had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl, who was identified by name.

Police contacted the girl and took a statement. She told police that Hare, who was 20 at the time, came to her home on March 30 or 31 to pick her up and they had sex in Hare’s car.

The victim said she thought Hare knew that she was 14 because he knew her grade in school. She said she and Hare also talked about the incident and that he was scared because he knew that if police found out about it, he would get in trouble, according to the complaint.

Hare has been released from custody on his promises to make all future court appearances and to stay away from the victim and anyone under the age of 18. An omnibus hearing in his case is scheduled for Nov. 5 in Dakota County District Court in Hastings.

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