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Burnsville Man Charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct with Child

Stephen Richard Angotti is accused of abusing a child beginning when she was 5.

A Burnsville man has been charged with criminal sexual conduct after police say he had inappropriate sexual contact with a young girl beginning when she was 5.

Stephen Richard Angotti, 27, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $40,000 fine, and second-degree criminal sexual conduct, which has a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a $35,000 fine.

First-degree criminal sexual conduct is defined as sexual penetration with another person younger than 16 with whom the suspect had a significant relationship. Second-degree criminal sexual conduct is defined as sexual contact with a person younger than 13 when the suspect is more than three years older than the victim.

Angotti remains in the Dakota County Jail on a $150,000 bond. The terms of that bond specify that he can’t be released until he provides his father’s address, and that he must live with his father. An omnibus hearing in his case is scheduled for Feb. 14 in Dakota County District Court in Hastings.

According to the criminal complaint, Burnsville police were called to a home in the 600 block of Burnsville Parkway East on Jan. 18 after child protection officers reported sexual abuse of a child.

Police spoke to the victim’s stepmother, who agreed to bring the victim to the police station for a forensic interview. The child described months of repeated sexual assaults. She told police that inappropriate contact had happened in three homes between Jan. 1, 2010, and this month.

Burnsville police found Angotti in a Lakeville hotel on Jan. 19. When they knocked on the door of his room, he said, “Wait a minute,” then opened the door and held his arms out in front of him “as if to be handcuffed,” according to the complaint.

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