WINONA – A Spicer man was indicted by a Winona County Grand Jury in connection with a burglary and sexual assault that occurred in November.
Zane Robert Pederson, 30, was indicted on three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and three counts of first-degree burglary. The five criminal sexual conduct charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of release.
Pederson appeared Friday morning before Judge Nancy Buytendorp in Winona County District Court on new charges stemming from the grand jury indictments. Unconditional bail was set at $2 million. Pederson had previously been held on $1 million unconditional bail.
Perderson allegedly broke into a St. Charles woman’s home in the early hours of Nov. 18, 2018, wearing a mask. He repeatedly sexually assaulted the woman over the course of five hours, according to court documents.
As part of the post-assault treatment of the woman, several swabs were taken containing DNA evidence, including sperm cells, according to court records. Pederson’s DNA was reportedly found on one of the woman’s firearms. His DNA was on file from another pending sex assault investigation in another Minnesota county.
Pederson was previously arraigned on two felony charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two felony charges of first-degree burglary, felony kidnapping, felony false imprisonment and felony threats of violence. The grand jury indictment’s supersede the previous charges.
Winona County Attorney Karin L. Sonneman said Friday afternoon that additional charges have been filed in the case but will be heard at Pederson’s next court date on April 24.