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AUSTIN EDITION Sex offender is sentenced for assaulting teenage boy

By Roxana Orellana

rorellana@postbulletin.com

A registered sex offender from Austin was sentenced Friday to more than 161⁄2; years in prison for sexual misconduct with a teenage boy.

Kevin James Thompson, 36, pleaded guilty May 26 in Mower District Court.

"I'd like to apologize to the victim. This in no way is his fault," Thompson said. "I take full responsibility."

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Judge Donald E. Rysavy gave Thompson consecutive sentences of 58 months for one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and 144 months for one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Thompson will serve a minimum of 11 years at St. Cloud State Prison.

Upon completion of his prison term, he will be on supervised parole for five years and will be required to register as a sex offender. Thompson received credit for 143 days served in jail.

After his sentence was announced, Thompson sat down at the defense table and cried, wiping away tears.

According to the criminal complaint, Thompson started the sexual abuse last year when the boy, whom he knows, was 13. The last incident was in late February.

The boy told police that Thompson sexually assaulted him in three Austin residences, the complaint says. Thompson told an investigator he had sexually assaulted the boy about 50 to 100 times since May or June 2004.

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