The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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January 10, 2013

Lake Crystal man charged with second assault of a girl

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MANKATO —

Edwards has demanded a speedy trial for the Lake Crystal incident, which allegedly took place Nov. 13. He is facing five felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

In that case Edwards told investigators he thought the victim was 16 years old. He said he used his cellphone to communicate with the 12-year-old victim through Facebook and told investigators they could search his Facebook messages to see she had told him she was 16.

Police requested a search warrant for Edwards’ Facebook information, which is under the name William Paleface Edwards on the social network, according to a affidavit requesting the search warrant that was filed in Blue Earth. The Facebook page says Edwards has 838 friends with many of those friends saying they are high school students.

Edwards is facing two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, all felonies, for the Mankato incident. His first court appearance is scheduled for the first day of his trial for the Lake Crystal case.

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