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April 16, 2013

Woman being sued for assault now faces criminal charges

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MANKATO —

When Padden was in the process of filing his lawsuit in March, he said he didn’t understand why it was taking so long for authorities to file charges against Klyce. The incident was initially processed as a misdemeanor assault and sent to the city attorney’s office Feb. 22, according to police records.

City Attorney Eileen Wells said in late March her office never received the reports. She later learned the case had been sent to the Blue Earth County attorney’s office to be considered for more serious charges. Assistant Blue Earth County Attorney Mike Hanson charged Klyce with third-degree assault, a felony, and fifth-degree assault, a misdemeanor, on Monday.

Padden said he doesn’t understand why Klyce wasn’t arrested after the assault, especially when there was video evidence. He said Burger and other witnesses told him Reinbold wanted to make an arrest. Police reports about the incident aren’t available to the public at this point because charges are pending against Klyce.

“I just think it’s really disturbing,” Padden said. “One of the officers really wanted to go after them, but it sounds like something happened. They were really pressuring my client to go on the record. On the day it happened, they wanted her to press charges.”

Padden’s lawsuit claims Burger received physical and emotional injuries as a result of the alleged assault. Burger had to be treated at a hospital for her injuries and has not been able to work, resulting in damages in excess of $50,000, according to the civil complaint.

Klyce is scheduled to make her first appearance for the criminal charges May 9.

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