Pardoned Minn. Man Makes Bail On New Sex Charges
MANKATO (AP) – A pardoned Minnesota sex offender facing new sexual assault charges has made bail.
Thirty-seven-year-old Jeremy Giefer (GHEE’-fur) of Vernon Center posted a $350,000 bond for his release from jail Monday. Conditions of Giefer’s release include GPS monitoring and no contact with girls under 16.
Giefer’s case has drawn attention because he received a pardon in 2008 on his 1994 conviction of having sex with a 14-year-old girl when he was 19. They later married.
Then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Attorney General Lori Swanson and a former state Supreme Court chief justice voted to grant Giefer’s petition for a pardon. Now prosecutors have accused Giefer of assaulting a second girl hundreds of times – before and after he received the pardon. He says he’s innocent.
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