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Charges: Man Touched Child After Tampering With Juice Box

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Blaine man is charged with criminal sexual conduct for allegedly touching an 8-year-old on New Year's Day after slipping something into the child's juice box, court documents filed say.

Steven Howard Olson, 27, faces one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. The charge stems from an incident that happened when a mother left her two children at Olson's home, investigators at the Anoka County Sheriff's Office say.

The mother told investigators that when she pick up her kids from Olson's home on the evening of Jan. 1, both told her they "never wanted to go back," a criminal complaint said.

One child, an 8-year-old, began vomiting and feeling dizzy when he returned to his home. When his mother asked him why he didn't want to return to Olson's house, he said that Olson "did something" to the juice box he had with dinner. The boy said he then fell asleep after dinner and woke up to Olson touching and pinching him inappropriately.

Authorities met the family at Unity Hospital that night. When interviewing the boy, investigators said the child told them a version of events similar to that which he told his mother.

Authorities then searched Olson's home after obtaining a warrant. They found seven juice boxes. They said the juice boxes, as well as the boy's urine, are being tested for substances.

If convicted, Olson faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and/or a $35,000 fine.


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