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Laporte man gets 180 days in child relationship case

Boyd Dean Beck

A Laporte man will spend 180 days in jail for engaging in a "significant relationship" with a 9-year-old girl that lasted five months.

Boyd Dean Beck, 59, was sentenced Wednesday in Hubbard County District Court on two felony counts of Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct.

He will be on supervised probation 25 years and must register with the state of Minnesota as a predatory offender. He must have supervised contact with any underage girls, including his granddaughters.

His daughter, Joan Stute, tearfully pleaded, "I do not believe my dad is a risk to anyone." Growing up, her father never made inappropriate gestures to her, she said.

"He was the huggee, not the hugger," she told Judge Paul Rasmussen.

Stute said the case has torn the family apart and prevented Beck from seeing his granddaughters.

The supervision could curtail her own daughter's visits to her grandparents, she told the judge, and they have been caretakers and close family members.

"'I would be very sad,'" Stute said her daughter told her when asked if she'd have to stop seeing her grandfather.

"If I thought my daughter was at risk..." Stute said. "Nothing I have heard would change my opinion of my daughter being in the home. It would be more harmful" to cut off her daughter's contact with her grandfather.

Beck declined to say anything at the sentencing.

The complaint states he and the girl began a relationship in November 2009 that involved sleeping together and inappropriate touching. The relationship continued into March 2010.

Beck has numerous medical issues, according to his public defender Jennifer Nelson. She'd asked for electronic home monitoring confinement because she said the jail may not be able to handle Beck's medical care.

"I'm not blind to his medical issues but electronic home monitoring doesn't adequately address the seriousness of the situation," assistant Hubbard County attorney Erika Randall objected. "The jail will accommodate his medical needs."

And Randall told the court the victim has suffered, too, and could suffer throughout her lifetime.

Beck must successfully complete a sex offender treatment course and the aftercare and submit to polygraphs.

Beck must report to the jail Aug. 25.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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