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Crookston man convicted in sexual assault case

A weeklong trial ended Thursday night when a jury in Crookston announced it had found Patrick Bryan Scott Jr. guilty of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping in the attack a year ago on a woman outside a saloon in Winger, Minn.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office sent out a brief news release on the conviction about 8:30 p.m., and a sheriff's official said the jury had come in not long before 8 p.m.

Jury selection began last Friday, and the trial ran all week in a Polk County court room.

Scott, 22, has been in the Crookston jail since Oct. 21, 2008, awaiting trial under $250,000 bail.

A sentencing date has not been set. From the brief information released Thursday night, it's not clear if he was found guilty of only two counts, one each on the kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct charges.

He originally faced seven felony charges in the case.

In Minnesota, first-degree criminal sexual conduct carries a maximum sentence of 30 years.

According to the case against Scott, a 24-year-old woman said he followed her as she was walking alone to her cousin's home in the early hours of Oct. 12, 2008, after leaving the End of the Line Saloon in Winger, a town of about 200 in eastern Polk County

She hurried to the door, but Scott pulled her off the porch to a wooded area and sexually assaulted her, she said. He punched her in the head and threatened to kill her, she said. When a car drove by, he let go and she escaped to her cousin's home and called 911.

She was examined that night for her injuries and the information, including photographs, became part of the evidence against Scott.

Scott, who is from Crookston and is 6 feet, 3 inches and weighs about 300 pounds, told investigators he was drunk and had consensual sex with a woman wearing shorts.

He was tried for the attack in June, but the trial ended in a hung jury.