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PR man pleads guilty in teen sex case

Andrew Clair Tracy

A Park Rapids man pled guilty to three of seven charges Monday in connection with the sexual abuse of a teenager over a lengthy period of time.

About 10 family members attended the plea hearing.

Andrew Clair Tracy, 47, was charged with numerous acts of inappropriate behavior with the teen from 2010 until May 2011, when a Hubbard County social worker reported the conduct. The abuse allegedly began when the teen was 15, in 2008, in California.

Hubbard County could only charge Tracy with the activity that occurred in the area, dating back to June 2010.

The conduct, a "significant relationship," included touching and penetration. The victim, according to the complaint, was urged to be deceptive during the Social Services interview so as not to implicate Tracy.

Tracy on Monday pleaded guilty to one count of Third Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct and two counts of Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct.

Prosecutor Erika Randall warned Tracy that by entering into the plea deal, he faced "collateral consequences" of a possible civil commitment by the Department of Corrections, and being a registered sex offender for the remainder of his life.

Although formal sentencing will take place later, Tracy was immediately remanded into the custody of Hubbard County jailers to begin serving a 60-month sentence.

He said the conduct occurred while he was living with his in-laws, wife and children.

Sarah Smith

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

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