Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Adam Gentile Pelton, age 40 of River Falls, Wisconsin, has been charged* with three counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Second Degree and four
counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Fourth Degree, in connection with the alleged inappropriate touching with sexual intent, of seven high school students from September 1, 2018 to October 4, 2019, in Cottage Grove. At the time of these alleged offenses occurred, Pelton was a law enforcement officer with the Cottage Grove Police Department who was assigned as the School Resource Officer for Park High School. The victims are between the ages of 13 and 17.
Pelton made his first court appearance on these charges this morning in Washington County District Court. Judge Tad Jude set bail in the amount of $150,000 without conditions ($ 50,000 with conditions) and set his next court appearance for March 2, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. in Stillwater.
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