Former Winona coach pleads guilt in sex abuse case


(10/28/2020)

by ALEXANDRA RETTER

 

A former soccer coach for Winona Senior High School (WSHS) pled guilty to a sexual assault charge on Monday.

Dustin Gary Beckman, 33, was arrested by the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office in June 2019 and referred to the county attorney for potential charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, third-degree criminal sexual conduct and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. He allegedly assaulted underage girls.

The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division started a criminal sexual conduct investigation of Beckman in March 2019 which arose from allegations that he inappropriately touched a 14-year-old girl at an off-season soccer training session in December 2018 at Dover-Eyota High School.

The sheriff’s office became aware of further allegations from July 2016 through December 2017 while investigating Beckman, according to the report. Beckman coached girls soccer at WSHS in that period.

Among the allegations was the rape of a 14-year-old girl at his residence. According to the report, he was acquainted with her “from soccer-related activities.”

Beckman’s guilty plea came as jury selection was beginning. He pled guilty to a count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and admitted to a sexual relationship with a player from a Rochester league that began before the victim turned 16. He also entered an Alford plea — admitting there was enough evidence for a jury to convict but not admitting guilt — to a charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct over allegations he inappropriately touched a player while working as a coach for the Dover-Eyota High School.

 

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