The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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March 3, 2011

Man charged with sexually assaulting vulnerable teen

MANKATO — A Mankato man faces criminal charges for his alleged sexual activity with a 16-year-old mentally impaired boy.

Dennis Lee Hogate, 46, of 512 Thompson St., has been charged in Blue Earth County District Court with three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Authorities said they first became of aware of the activity when the boy's mother found sexually explicit text messages on the boy's mobile phone. Authorites allege Hogate and the boy engaged in various sex acts, including one incident during a weekend when Hogate rented a hotel room where the two engaged in sexual relations.

Hogate is currently on probation for a conviction of possession child pornography.

For a full report, see Friday's print edition or the e-edition.

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