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Former Lake George lay minister convicted of six sex crimes

The Hubbard County Attorney's office on November 29, 2012, completed a three day jury trial concerning the case of State v. Darwin Frederick Schauer, DOB 09/21/1941 from Laporte. Schauer was charged with Fourteen Counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct of a minor at least thirteen but less than 18 years of age while being in a position of authority over the minor. Prior to submitting the case to the Jury the Judge dismissed eight of the counts on the grounds of duplicity of the count. The remaining six counts included two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the First Degree punishable by 30 years in prison and/or $40,000.00; two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Second Degree punishable by 25 years in prison and/or $35,000.00; and two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Third Degree punishable by 15 years in prison and/or $30,000.00. The Jury of 8 women and 4 men returned Verdicts of Guilty on all six counts presented to them. The State represented by Hubbard County Attorney Donovan Dearstyne and Assistant County Attorney Erika Randall requested to seek an aggravated sentence. Schauer waived his right to have a jury determine whether or not he should receive an aggravated sentence and Judge Rasmussen set a hearing for 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 28, 2012 in Hubbard County to make that determination.

At that hearing the State will present evidence of Schauer's prior Criminal Sexual Conduct that occurred in Nicollet County Minnesota in 1983 as well as other testimony. Schauer, a retired Minister of Churches in Cass Lake and Lake George, committed the multiple acts of Criminal Sexual Assaults over a period of three years from the spring of 2009 to the fall of 2012 continually victimizing his young victim. The case was investigated by the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.