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Hubbard County man facing felony criminal sexual conduct charges

A Hubbard County man is charged with three felony counts of criminal sexual conduct after multiple victims under the age of 16 came forward and described to investigators incidents where sexual assault allegedly occurred.

Cody Lee Tinklenberg, 20, of Akeley, is charged in Hubbard County district court with two felony counts of 1st Degree Sexual Conduct with a person under 13 and one felony count of 2nd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct with a victim under 16.

Tinklenberg first appeared in court Monday on first and second degree criminal sexual assault charges. Judge Paul Rasmussen set bail at $5,000 conditional. Tinklenberg was released to his adoptive father on house arrest conditions after posting $500 cash bail.

He did not violate the conditions of his release but was arrested the following day on probable cause for amended and additional charges. He appeared again at a bail hearing on Wednesday.

Assistant County Attorney Jonathan Frieden asked the judge for conditional bail of $50,000, saying the state believes Tinklenberg to be a significant risk to the public.

Tinklenberg’s bail was set at $10,000 conditional. He was released on $1,000 cash bail to his adoptive father who, as part of the conditions of the release, stated he will monitor him around the clock. Tinklenberg was also ordered to have no contact with any of the victims.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Monday, April 25 at 1:15 p.m.

According to court documents, on April 1 an investigator with the Park Rapids Police Department received information of a possible sexual assault occurring in Park Rapids on March 24. The investigator, along with a worker with Hubbard County Social Services, conducted a forensic interview with the alleged 12-year-old male victim.

The victim told investigators that Tinklenberg drugged him and sexually assaulted him. The victim also stated Tinklenberg would purchase clothing, cell phones and alcohol for him, according to the criminal complaint.

The investigator also conducted a forensic interview with a 15-year-old male on April 1. This victim alleges Tinklenberg sexually assaulted him some time between Halloween and Thanksgiving of 2015. The victim also stated Tinklenberg bought him a new phone.

In a follow-up forensic interview on April 5, the second victim provided additional information to the investigator and Hubbard County Social Services which led to the amended charges.

While staying at the same house as the victim, Tinklenberg allegedly gave the boy alcohol throughout the night and the victim fell asleep. According to the complaint, the victim stated he woke up to Tinklenberg sexually assaulting him and the victim pushed Tinklenberg off. The victim then said he locked himself in the bathroom and Tinklenberg tried to open the door with a butter knife but was unable to enter.

The victim also stated Tinklenberg bought him a new phone after the incident.

The two felony counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct are punishable by a maximum of 30 years and/or $40,000.

Tinklenberg also faces one felony count of 2nd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct with a victim under 16 years of age.

According to the complaint, a Park Rapids Police Department investigator conducted a forensic interview on April 5 with a 14-year-old male who described an incident that happened earlier in 2016.

The victim alleges Tinklenberg gave him beer and when everyone else in the house was asleep touched him in areas that led to the charge.

The felony second degree charge is punishable by a maximum of 25 years and/or $35,000 fine.

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