In July, Gregory Duane Herrin, 57, of Park Rapids was charged with second-degree, criminal sexual conduct involving a victim under 13.

According to the complaint filed at Hubbard County Ninth District Court, the alleged crime occured in October 2017 during the victim’s birthday party at her mother’s apartment in Park Rapids.

In February 2019, a Park Rapids Police sergeant took a complaint from the custodian of the victim, an 11-year-old girl. A Park Rapids Police detective sergeant then interviewed the victim and the custodian at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s office in St. Paul, with the assistance of Social Services.

The girl described being followed upstairs by an African American adult male with a visible eye injury and being sexually assaulted. The victim said she went to her bedroom to get a cat that was hiding under the bed, and was followed by a man into the bedroom, and he shut the door behind him. The man told her if she screamed or hollered he’d kill her whole family.

A check of Herrin’s criminal history reveals a conviction for fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct on June 19, 2006. Herrin was in custody for supervised release violation(s). On Aug. 19, the Ninth District Court judge authorized an order for interim conditional release. Herrin is to remain law abiding, have no contact with the victim and post a $5,000 bail or bond with conditions. An omnibus hearing is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 16 in Hubbard County.

The felony charge is punishable by up to 25 years in prison and/or a $35,000 fine.