Terrance Lee Tonnessen, 40, of rural Callaway has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct, felony kidnapping and felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
According to court records, the mother of a 15-year-old girl talked to investigators July 29 about Tonnessen, who is alleged to have had sexual intercourse with the girl multiple times between Jan. 1, 2018, and June 22, 2019. The girl revealed the sexual contact during a forensic interview with the Red River Child Advocacy Center, according to court records.
In court documents, Tonnessen is alleged to have arranged to have sex with the girl via text messaging, then met her at her house and drove her to another location in Becker County, where he had intercourse with her in the vehicle, causing her pain. He did not have the consent of the mother to remove the girl from her home.
He continued to arrange sexual encounters with her via phone or messaging applications, according to court documents.
Their last sexual encounter was June 22 at a cabin that he drove her to after picking her up at a powwow, according to court documents. She tried to stop him and move away, but he held her hands and arms to prevent her from stopping him.
Court documents contend that Tonnessen was in a position of authority over the girl in that he was a close family friend and provided transportation for her to and from events.
On Aug. 5, District Judge Peter Irvine set cash bail at $5,000 or bond at $200,000, with standard conditions, or bond at $500,000 without conditions. Tonnessen’s initial court appearance will be Aug. 19. He was ordered to have no contact with anyone under age 18.