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October 25, 2013

New Ulm councilman accused of lying to security guards

Report: Les Schultz told off-duty officer that his 19-year-old guests were of drinking age

A New Ulm city councilor lied to security guards during a July festival about the ages of two 19-year-olds he was hosting, according to a report by the Marshall Police Department.

Les Schultz, who is also probation director for Brown County, was attending the Bavarian Blast with the German teenagers, who were staying with Schultz. The teenagers had blood-alcohol concentrations of .17 percent and .11 percent and were cited for underage consumption.

The report said there is no evidence that Schultz provided the wristbands that let them buy alcohol, but that he did tell security guards that they were 21 and 22.

“It would appear that this was done in an attempt to interfere with an investigation into minors consuming alcohol at the festival,” Marshall Detective Timothy Tomasek wrote in his Aug. 14 report.

New Ulm Police Chief Myron Wieland asked Tomasek to investigate the matter due to potential conflicts of interest because of Schultz’s positions with the county and the City Council. New Ulm paid the Marshall department $1,889.70 for the investigation.

The investigation was forwarded to Blue Earth County attorney’s office, which said in an Oct. 4 letter that Schultz’s actions “do not rise to the level of a crime that would be prosecuted by the County Attorney’s Office.”

In an emailed statement, Schultz said he was “disappointed that KEYC would run this story. The festival was filled with loud music, chatter and libations. What was said by whom and to whom is always a debatable topic. I strongly oppose underage drinking and have worked hard in my career to support policies on this concern.”

The story was first reported Wednesday by KEYC-TV.

Chatter, libations

Schultz and the German teenagers, Felix Marius Mehrens and Shearif Philippe Bydekarken, started off the afternoon of July 20 by selling “Germans have more fun” T-shirts as volunteers, according to the report.

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