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Rural Blooming Prairie man gets jail time for sex offense

By Tim Ruzek

truzek@postbulletin.com

A 19-year-old man got a 45-day jail sentence Monday for sexual misconduct involving a teenage girl last fall in Austin.

Matthew James Pyburn, a rural Blooming Prairie resident who pleaded guilty to a felony count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, also received up to 15 years of supervised probation, with the potential of serving 36 months in prison if he violates those terms, Mower District Court records show.

Judge Donald E. Rysavy gave Pyburn credit for two days served already and gave him work-release privileges while in jail, according to court documents.

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Pyburn must successfully complete sex-offender treatment, including aftercare, and register as a predatory offender, records show.

With the exception of one person, Pyburn can’t have contact with girls under 18 nor any contact with the victim in the case, documents stated. He must stay at least 500 feet from the victim’s home, school and place of employment.

According to the criminal complaint, a 14-year-old girl told Austin police that Pyburn sexually assaulted her Nov. 23 at an Austin home and threatened her to prevent her from reporting it.

Pyburn pleaded guilty to a third-degree count for having sex with a minor. Prosecutors dismissed nine other counts of sexual misconduct, including two in the first degree.

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