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January 10, 2014

Waseca man faces rape charges

Girl told authorities suspect raped her last summer

WASECA — A 30-year-old Waseca man who is accused of raping a developmentally disabled girl more than once last summer was arrested Wednesday and charged with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The allegations against Michael Steven Jacobs were passed on to Waseca Police Department investigators in November by Kansas City, Mo., authorities. A detective there told the Waseca officers the incidents were first reported in October to the Child Abuse Hotline Center in Jefferson City, Mo.

After receiving the hotline report, the Kansas City investigator also had interviewed the 15-year-old girl at her home. She told the investigator she had been digitally raped by Jacobs while she was visiting Waseca from June through August, according to a criminal complaint filed in Waseca County District Court.

The girl said she didn't try to stop Jacobs because she didn't know how to react. She also said she wrote about the incident in her diary, but Jacobs found the book, ripped out the pages and burned them in a fireplace.

She told the investigator Jacobs told her: "We can't be having you writing those things in your diary that aren't true."

A forensic report prepared by a psychological counselor Nov. 1 contained more information, the Waseca investigators reported. It said Jacobs sexually assaulted her more than once. The girl was able to describe tattoos and Jacobs' body and bedding in the room where at least one of the alleged assaults occurred.

When Jacobs house was searched by investigators, items matching the girl's descriptions were found, the complaint said. Jacobs posted a $15,000 bond for his release Friday after appearing in court Thursday, according to court records.

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