A Wabasha man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for sexually abusing a teenage girl.
Wabasha County District Court judge Terrence Walters sentenced Benjamin Danton Newman, 39, to 216 months in prison Wednesday, after a jury convicted him in January of first-degree and second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
In 2012, Newman inappropriately touched and eventually had sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl in his residence, according to criminal charges.
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“This case was one that involved grooming and planning on the part of the defendant,” said assistant Wabasha County attorney Elena Rozwadowski, who prosecuted the case. “The victim made clear at trial that she looked at Newman as a father, and Newman betrayed her trust. Under the circumstances of this case, a lengthy sentence is necessary to protect the public.”
Newman will begin his sentence at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud before being transferred to another prison elsewhere in the state.