Former Itasca County Corrections Officer Sentenced on Sex Charges

By KBJR News 1

Former Itasca County Corrections Officer Sentenced on Sex Charges

May 13, 2013 Updated May 13, 2013 at 3:59 PM CDT

Grand Rapids, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A former Minnesota Correction's Officer accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with a female inmate last year was sentenced Monday to more than five years in prison.

57-year-old James Allen Bongaarts pleaded guilty in March to two counts of criminal sexual conduct.

The charges stem from allegations that Bongaarts engaged in multiple acts of sexual misconduct over a two month period with a female inmate whil he was employed as a Corrections Officer at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Togo.

At his hearing Monday, the court imposed the 65 month sentence, consistent with the Minnesota Sentencing guidelines.

In addition, Bongaart must provide a DNA sample, register as a predatory offender, and be subject to lifetime conditional release.

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