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Pardoned man facing new sexual assault charges

MANKATO — New sexual assault charges have been filed against a Minnesota man who was pardoned by Gov. Tim Pawlenty and other officials in 2008.

Jeremy Giefer served time in jail in the 1990s for having sex with a 14-year-old girl he later married. Giefer was 19 at the time. He was convicted of having sex with a minor and sentenced to 45 days in jail.

Pawlenty, Attorney General Lori Swanson and a former state supreme court chief justice voted to grant Giefer's petition for a pardon two years ago. Now prosecutors in Blue Earth County have accused Giefer of assaulting a second girl hundreds of times before and after he received the pardon.

Pawlenty spokesman Bruce Gordon reportedly defended the pardon, saying the vote for approval was unanimous.

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