The Free Press, Mankato, MN

July 2, 2013

Crisis center clients both victim, suspect in sex assault

By Dan Nienaber

---- — MANKATO — A St. Peter man who was brought to the mental health crisis center in Mankato last week for treatment has been charged with felony criminal sexual conduct for allegedly assaulting a woman at the facility.

A Mankato police officer was sent to the South Central Crisis Center at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday after a staff member called to report the sexual assault. She told police a female patient with developmental disabilities had reported she had been coerced into attempting to have sex with Matthew David Wong, 22.

When the victim was interviewed, she reported Wong had sexually assaulted her twice. After touching her suggestively several times at the dinner table, Wong sexually touched the victim while they were watching a movie.

After that incident, Wong allegedly told the victim he would be in her room the following morning while staff at the center was in a meeting. The victim reported Wong was in her room when she woke up the next morning and told her to remove her clothing, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday in Blue Earth County District Court. An attempt to coerce her into having sex failed, she reported.

Wong told police he understood the victim was a vulnerable adult, but that he was vulnerable, too. He also said the victim was on top of him after they removed their clothing Saturday morning. Wong's home address on the complaint is the Community Behavioral Health Hospital in St. Peter.

Wong has been charged with a total of eight counts of third- and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct by force or coercion against a vulnerable adult.