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Second Victim Steps Forward After Conviction of Sex Offender


On May 3rd 2022, Zachary Wittmer was arrested for 1st degree criminal sexual conduct involving a male juvenile over a number of years. The alleged abuse started when the vicitm was 14 year of age and continued until he was 16 yoa. Wittmer was an adult and 9 1/2 year older than the victim at the time the sexual abuse occurred. It is alleged the sexual encounters occurred in Douglas County and other locations within MN and one incident that occurred in WI, while the victim was traveling with Wittmer to events.

The victim, now an adult, came forward after reading an article in the Echo Press that Wittmer had recently pled guilty and was sentenced for 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct involving another male juvenile.

Wittmer was charged in Douglas County District Court on 2 counts of 1st degree criminal sexual conduct, 4 counts of 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct, and 2 counts of 4th degree criminal sexual conduct.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the matter and will continue to look for other victims that may have had similar encounters with Wittmer. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 320-762-8151.