by Sarah Squires
Two men were charged with criminal sexual conduct in the third degree after allegedly having sex in April with a girl who was 13 at the time.
William NMN Conner IV, 18, of Winona, was summoned to appear in court next month on the charge, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. Bill Joseph Bakkum, 18, also of Winona, was charged with the same crime.
According to the criminal complaint, the two men had sex with the then 13-year-old girl inside of their West End basement bathroom in April 2008. The complaint also alleged that Hector Valenzuela, 20, and Terry Carlton Ross, 31, also had sex with the girl in the bathroom. Ross and Valenzuela were both charged previously for the alleged incident; Valenzuela is currently serving a six-year prison sentence for having sex with the girl, and for forcing a 15-year-old to have sex with him in April.
Police were initially called by school officials who’d heard that the victim had gone to a party before spring break, and that several adults had taken turns having sex with her. When the victim initially didn’t want to get anyone in trouble, police spoke with her friend.
The friend told police that the victim had had sex with Bakkum, Conner, Ross and Valenzuela, and had contracted STD. The victim then told police that she’d had sex with all but Ross in the basement bathroom, and that she’d engaged in sex with Ross on a different occasion.
According to the complaint, Bakkum and Conner both knew the girl was 13 at the time. Bakkum denied having sex with the girl, while Conner admitted he, along with the other men, had.