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Missing man found and arrested on further sexual conduct charges

Andrew Kincaid, 38, was in custody as of Sept. 29 in Hubbard County after a missing person search led to his arrest in Pine River.

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Andrew Kincaid
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A missing man who was wanted on a Hubbard County bench warrant was taken into custody on Sept. 21.

According to court documents, a warrant was issued for Andrew Scott Kincaid’s arrest in Hubbard County on Sept. 19. According to Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch, he was taken into custody after being spotted near Pine River.

“We had just received information from Hubbard (County) that he possibly was in the Pine River area,” Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch said. “He was located at the Dairy Queen in Pine River and was placed into custody, and was cooperative.”

As of Thursday, Sept. 29, Kincaid, 38, was listed as an inmate in custody at the Hubbard County jail.

Hubbard County Attorney Jonathan Frieden said his office has charged Kincaid with 3rd-degree criminal sexual conduct in a separate case, and Kincaid is set to be arraigned on that charge Oct. 3. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison and/or a $30,000 fine.

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Hubbard County complaint

The Sept. 18 complaint in this case states that between Aug. 15, 2020 and April 1, 2021, Kincaid had sexual contact with a teenage female. The accompanying statement of probable cause alleges that Kincaid and the victim had sexual relations on numerous occasions.

According to the probable cause statement, a Hubbard County investigator found correspondence between Kincaid and the victim on the victim’s phone that corroborated her account of their relationship.

The statement notes that Kincaid was reported missing on Sept. 15 after borrowing a friend’s truck on Sept. 14 and not returning. It states that the truck was found on state land in Hubbard County, with Kincaid’s wallet and ID inside and blood on the driver’s door, a tent nearby with a sleeping bag and clothes inside, an empty rifle case inside the truck and empty shell casings on the ground nearby. Based on this evidence, the statement says, law enforcement believed Kincaid may have been deceased or in danger.

Searches for Kincaid as a missing person continued throughout Sept. 16, the probable cause statement says, adding that evidence later turned up suggesting that Kincaid intended to flee Minnesota prior to being sentenced on separate charges of child pornography and child solicitation. At the time the statement was filed, Kincaid had not been found.

Prosecuted by Beltrami County

Kincaid has also pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a Hubbard County complaint, Frieden said, though this matter is being handled by the Beltrami County Attorney’s Office. This is due to a conflict of interest, Frieden explained, because one of the witnesses is a county employee.

Frieden said Kincaid pleaded guilty on Aug. 9 to one count each of felony possession of child pornography and felony solicitation, and his sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 3.

According to court documents, Kincaid was arrested Feb. 9 on suspicion of possessing child pornography (a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine) and using electronic communication to solicit sex from a minor (also a felony). He was charged on Feb. 14 and was issued a $20,000 bond on Feb. 16.

The statement of probable cause accompanying the complaint accuses Kincaid of knowingly sending lewd photos via Snapchat to two teenage girls while serving as a church worship leader. Arresting officers’ application for a warrant also noted that two lewd images involving young children were found on Kincaid’s electronic devices.

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Kincaid’s petition to enter a guilty plea, acknowledges that he makes no claim to be innocent and agrees to a sentence of 60 days’ probationary jail time and a period of supervised probation. The agreement also precludes charging an additional count of possession of child pornography for the second photo.

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Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at rfish@parkrapidsenterprise.com or 218-252-3053.
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