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Itasca County former deputy charged with sex crimes

A 60-year-old Bovey man was charged Nov. 17 in Itasca County District Court with four felony counts of criminal sexual conduct and two gross misdemeanor counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor.

The prosecution has been moved to Aitkin County because of a potential conflict of interest as David Allen Sigfrinius retired from the Itasca County Sheriff's department about nine years ago.

According to the criminal complaint, the Itasca County Sheriff's Department received a report of two instances of criminal sexual conduct by Sigfrinius with a 17-year-old boy. A Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent continued the investigation.

The alleged victim said the first occasion occurred in mid-September when the boy and Sigfrinius were in a sauna together at Sigfrinius' hunting cabin near Bigfork. The boy said Sigfrinius gave him beer throughout the night, amounting to about 10 beers. While the boy was showering, Sigfrinius allegedly sexually handled and penetrated him.

According to the complaint, the second incident occurred Sept. 27. Although the boy initially objected to going to the hunting cabin with Sigfrinius, Sigfrinius allegedly drove him there, gave him five to seven beers and asked him to sauna. The boy eventually agreed to sauna and Sigfrinius allegedly sexually touched and penetrated him again.

The two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct relate to the penetration of a person at least 16, but not yet 18, by someone more than 48 months older. The two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct relate to sexual contact of a person at least 16, but not yet 18, by someone more than 48 months older. For all four felony counts, Sigfrinius was also charged with being a person in a position of authority over the complainant.

Conviction for each third-degree criminal sexual conduct conviction would carry a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. Conviction for each fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charge would carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Convictions for the two charges of furnishing alcohol to a minor would carry a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $3,000 fine.

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