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Camp counselor in Cass County enters guilty plea

WALKER - The counselor who forced a camper to engage in sexual activities with him June 25 at Camp Olson near Longville pleaded guilty to one count of felony second-degree criminal sexual conduct while in a position of authority over a victim age 13 to 15.

Spencer Olin Krum, 19, Eugene, Ore., entered his plea Dec. 29 in Cass County District Court before Judge John P. Smith. Sentencing is set for Feb. 23.

Three counts of felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct and a second count of felony second-degree criminal sexual conduct are expected to be dismissed.

According to the court complaint filed against him, Krum encouraged the 14-year-old victim and a 16-year-old camper to sneak out of their cabin at1 a.m. and to meet him. They then walked to another building on the camp property.

He began asking the girls about their sexual fantasies and their sexual experience, then asked them to engage in sex with him. Both refused, but he reportedly began kissing and making sexual contact with the younger girl, despite her objections.

She told authorities she repeatedly reminded Krum she was only 14 years old. When camp officials learned the next morning of the incident, they called authorities.

Russ Link, Camp Olson director, said in an interview last summer, the camp runs background checks on all potential camp counselors. Krum had no known prior criminal record.

The camp hires about 90 percent former campers as counselors, Link said. Krum was referred by a friend for the job at Camp Olson and had been employed only two weeks when the incident occurred.

The camp staffs each cabin with two counselors and employs a staff of 50 to 60 mostly college students each summer.