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Former tutor must register as sex offender

A former tutor was sentenced Monday to seven years of supervised probation and ordered to register as a predatory sex offender after admitting he had criminal sexual contact with a 15-year-old female student.

A former tutor was sentenced Monday to seven years of supervised probation and ordered to register as a predatory sex offender after admitting he had criminal sexual contact with a 15-year-old female student.

Jacob A. Roggenkamp, 21, pleaded guilty in St. Louis County District Court in August to criminal sexual conduct in the third degree for engaging in sex with a person less than 16 years old.

Judge Eric Hylden stayed execution of a three-year prison sentence and placed the defendant on probation. He must spend 20 days in the St. Louis County Jail, 60 days in the Sentence to Service work program and complete a sex offender treatment program. He must not have contact with females under 18 without supervision.

Roggenkamp was working as a tutor at the Sylvan Learning Center when the victim's mother found inappropriate instant messages that he had sent to their daughter, his student. She notified the learning center, which contacted Duluth police and fired the defendant for breaching the school's code of conduct. The sex crime occurred later, in April of last year.

The victim read a prepared statement to the court describing the turmoil Roggenkamp brought into her life. The victim's mother told the court how courageous her daughter was to tell her story to authorities and pursue the charge because she didn't want the defendant to harm other young girls.

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"I am remorseful,'' Roggenkamp said before being sentenced. "I regret my action every day of my life. I was younger and I made a terrible choice. ... I hurt my family. I hurt her family. ... I just want to get on with my life and put this behind me.''

Defense attorney Richard Holmstrom told the court that Roggenkamp "is a fine young man'' from a good family, who "made a mistake.'' He said his client will graduate from the University of Minnesota Duluth next year with a degree in accounting and finance. He asked the judge to grant the defendant a stay of adjudication.

Under a stay of adjudication, the conviction is never entered on the offender's record if the offender complies with court-ordered sanctions. A stay of adjudication would wipe the felony from Roggenkamp's record and also keep him from having to register as a sex offender.

The court denied the defense's request for a stay of adjudication. Hylden said he saw a lack of empathy from Roggenkamp because the defendant apparently saw himself as the victim. The judge said that concerned him.

"This is a case where you are the adult. You are the person responsible for what is right and what is wrong,'' Hylden told the defendant.

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