Sleepy Eye Man Criminal Sex 15 Aug 12

A 20-year-old Sleepy Eye man has been charged with 3rd-degree criminal sexual conduct in Nicollet County over allegations that he raped an underage girl. Justin Wayne Karstens was reportedly a guest in the girl’s North Mankato home when the incident occurred. The 14-year-old girl told police that Karstens had forced her to have sexual contact with him, after she had previously told him her age via text messages. Karstens reportedly told investigators that he thought the girl was 19, and that the text messages had “slipped his mind.” He faces up to 5 years in prison and a $30,000 fine on the felony charge.