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Michael Lawson Jr. -- Stearns County Jail booking photo
Michael Lawson Jr. -- Stearns County Jail booking photo
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Former WACOSA Worker Sentenced on Crim Sex Charge

A Waite Park man has been sentenced for sexual assaulting a vulnerable adult who was working at WACOSA. Thirty-six-year-old Michael Lawson Jr. was sentenced to a year in jail, but all but three of those days were stayed. The Stearns County Attorney's Office says Lawson served one of the three days in jail and will be allowed serve the remaining two days through community service.

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Michael Lawson Jr. -- Stearns County Jail booking photo
Michael Lawson Jr. -- Stearns County Jail booking photo
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Former WACOSA Staffer Pleads Guilty to Criminal Sex Charge

ST. CLOUD -- A Waite Park man has pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor of 5th degree criminal sexual conduct involving a vulnerable adult...

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Former WACOSA Staffer Charged With Criminal Sexual Conduct

A Waite Park man has been charged with 5th degree criminal sexual conduct involving a vulnerable adult.

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WACOSA in Waite Park. (Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
WACOSA in Waite Park. (Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
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Former WACOSA Employee Accused of Sexually Abusing Vulnerable Adult

An investigation by the Minnesota Department of Human Services says a former staffer with WACOSA in Waite Park allegedly sexually abused a vulnerable adult. WACOSA provides training and employment support for those with disabilities.

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WACOSA to Open Thrift Store

WACOSA is opening a thrift store to help serve more people with disabilities learn job skills.

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State Government Shutdown Could Mean Program Suspensions and Staff Furloughs for Non-Profit WACOSA [AUDIO]

A government shutdown continues to loom large, forcing local organizations like WACOSA to make contingency plans. They're a nonprofit organization that relies on state funding from medical assistance and medicaid to support their programs for people with developmental disabilities.

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Waite Park Police Investigating Fake Bomb Threat

Waite Park police are investigating a bogus bomb threat. Chief Dave Bentrud says an unknown caller stated there was a device inside the WACOSA building, and that it would "go off" at anytime.

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