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Jury selection starts for man accused of abuse

Jury selection started Monday in Olmsted County District Court for the trial of a 50-year-old Oronoco man accused of sexually abusing a boy over a period of four years.

Each of the four criminal sexual conduct charges — two first-degree charges and two second-degree charges — against Carl Roy Stolp, 175 Fifth St. S.W., carries a mandatory penalty of life imprisonment. Stolp has two previous Olmsted County convictions for sexually abusing juveniles, in 1989 and 1993.

Stolp is accused of repeated incidents of sexual abuse that started in 2002 and continued for four years. According to the complaint, the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office was informed of the most recent allegations in 2008 by a therapist at a juvenile treatment center in Rochester. Stolp was indicted by an Olmsted County grand jury in August 2009. Stolp has pleaded not guilty.

Jury selection is expected to take most of this week, with the trial stretching into next week.

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