No. 2 Story of the Year: Police Arrest Man Charged with Sexual Conduct with Burnsville Girl
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Our runner up on the Top of 2012 List is an unsavory story, without question. But it is equally undeniable that it made a huge impact: The first article about defendant Shawn Primus racked up 358 Facebook recommendations, perhaps the most of any story on Burnsville Patch ever.
The case broke in early May of 2012, when Burnsville police were called a home on May 9 on a report of criminal sexual conduct involving a young girl, according to the original criminal complaint. In August, a jury turned over a verdict in the case against Shawn LaJuan Primus, a Brooklyn Center man charged with repeatedly forcing a young Burnsville girl to perform oral sex: Guilty.
Primus has repeatedly maintained that he is innocent. He was originally scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 23 (be sure to look for a follow up on that shortly). He is currently in custody at the Dakota County Jail.
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