Parkers Prairie Man Arrested for Criminal Sexual Conduct Involving Minor
A Parkers Prairie man was arrested Tuesday for criminal sexual conduct involving a male juvenile over a number of years.
33-year-old Zachary Wittmer was charged in Douglas County District Court on two counts of 1st-degree criminal sexual conduct, four counts of 3rd-degree criminal sexual conduct, and two counts of 4th-degree criminal sexual conduct.
The victim, now an adult, came forward after reading an article in the Alexandria Echo Press that Wittmer had recently pleaded guilty and was sentenced for 2nd-degree criminal sexual conduct involving another male juvenile.
The alleged abuse started when the victim was 14 year of age and continued until he was 16 years old. Wittmer was an adult, 9 years older than the victim at the time the sexual abuse occurred. It is alleged that the sexual encounters occurred in Douglas County and other locations within Minnesota, with one incident occurring in Wisconsin while the victim was traveling with Wittmer to events.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says they will continues to investigate the matter and will continue to look for other victims that may have had similar encounters with Wittmer. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 320-762-8151.