SAUK RAPIDS -- A caregiver at a Sauk Rapids group home has been charged with sexually abusing two clients who were in his care. Fifty-eight-year-old Patrick Jansen of St. Cloud is charged with two counts each of 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct and 4th degree criminal sexual conduct.

According to the charges filed in Benton County District Court, Jansen is accused of sexually touching the women who are both 20-years-old, autistic and non-verbal.

Records show a co-worker of Jansen's saw him in an upstairs bedroom with one of the victims last Friday and later that night saw them together on a mattress in the living room of the home.

Police arrived at the scene and saw Jansen and one of the women sitting on the couch sharing ice cream and using the same spoon. Officers say Jansen had his arm around the woman's shoulder and she had her hand on his leg near his groin.

Investigators interviewed Jansen who allegedly admitted touching the victims' breasts underneath their shirt and that one of the women performed oral sex on him in the past.

The complaint states that Jansen said "Anytime I have touched them, it's been in a friendly way to make them feel happy and feel loved. I never caused them any harm. It was only meant to make them happy, enrich their lives too, like somebody can't experience romance their whole life. How would you feel if you couldn't experience love or romance your whole life?"

The officers say Jansen made it clear that, in his opinion, the sexual contact which took place was not wrong.

Jansen has a court hearing scheduled for December 26th.

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