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Laporte man's sexual crimes conviction upheld

Boyd Dean Beck

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Laporte man in a "significant relationship" case involving a grade schooler.

The court ruled Oct. 15 there was sufficient evidence to convict Boyd Dean Beck, 59, of two felony counts of Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct.

Beck was ordered to report to jail Aug. 25 to serve a 180-day sentence. 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.

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

The court, in a ruling that included graphic testimony from the trial, also ruled there was no prosecutorial misconduct on the part of assistant Hubbard County Attorney Erika Randall.

Beck had argued that admission of statements describing the graphic evidence prejudiced his right to a fair trial.

The court disagreed.

"Beck has not met his heavy burden to show that admission of the statements had a significant effect on the jury's verdict," the court ruled.

Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne expressed thanks the court had upheld the jury's findings and declined further comment.

Sarah Smith

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

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