The former girls soccer coach charged with sexually assaulting players pleaded guilty Monday morning.
Jury selection for the trial of Dustin Gary Beckman, 33, was scheduled to begin in Olmsted County District Court but instead Beckman entered a guilty plea in one case and an Alford plea in another.
Beckman pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. In that case, Beckman admitted to having a sexual relationship with a player from Rochester Youth Soccer for more than a year between July 2016 and December 2017. The sexual contact began before the girl turned 16.
When asked by his attorney, Richmond H. McCluer Jr., if he understood the relationship was wrong, Beckman answered yes.
Beckman will have to register as a predatory offender for 10 years.
In a second case, Beckman entered an Alford plea to a charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. An Alford plea means that Beckman admitted there was enough evidence for a jury to find him guilty, but he is not admitting to being guilty.
In that case, Beckman admitted that a player would testify that while he worked as a coach for the girls team at Dover-Eyota High School, he touched a player's genital area while she was working out. The girl was under the age of 16.
He is scheduled to be sentenced in both cases on Jan. 4 by Judge Joseph Chase. A joint sentencing recommendation was presented to the court as part of the plea deal.
As part of the plea, Senior Assistant Olmsted County Attorneys Erin Gustafson and Brian Hagen, as well as Beckman's attorneys, presented a downward departure on the prison sentence for the first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge. Sentencing guidelines outlined a 144-month prison sentence, but the parties agree to recommend a 96-month sentence.
In the second case, a stay of adjudication was recommended. If Beckman successfully completes the requirements of his probation in that case, the charge will be dismissed. If not, Beckman could be ordered to register as a predatory offender for life.
Remaining charges in both cases, as well as all of a third case, are expected to be dismissed at sentencing. He was released on previously posted bail until sentencing.
Beckman coached the girls team at Dover-Eyota as well as girls and women's soccer at Winona High School, Winona State University, Rochester Community and Technical College, and with Rochester Youth Soccer.