Weather Forecast


DL man charged with assault, coercing woman

A Detroit Lakes man has been charged in Becker County District Court with one felony count of third degree criminal sexual conduct and another count of felony domestic assault in connection with a Dec. 5 incident in Becker County.

Jeffery Michael Gilbertson, 24, of 208 Heights Ridge Lane, Detroit Lakes, is accused of assaulting a woman and coercing her into having sex with him inside a Detroit Lakes residence.

According to the criminal complaint, the woman said she and Gilbertson had begun arguing early that morning and it escalated until Gilbertson reportedly pushed her down on the bed and straddled her, holding a pillow over her face twice because she wouldn't lie down voluntarily.

After he calmed down and got off the bed, the woman reported that he said she couldn't leave the bedroom until they had sex, and even though she said no, she eventually submitted because she was afraid of what would happen if she didn't.

After they had sex, she was reportedly allowed to leave and take her children to daycare.

According to the complaint, Gilbertson has four prior domestic assault convictions on his record, with all of them occurring between 2009-2012.

He has been released on $25,000 bond pending his next court appearance, at a Dec. 17 Rule 8 hearing, but a domestic abuse no contact order was filed prohibiting him from having further contact with the woman.