Superior man accused of sexually assaulting preteen girl appears in courtA preteen girl told a social worker that Shane Lawrence Cooper sexually assaulted her more than once but when she earlier told others they didn’t believe her or didn’t have time to listen to her.
A preteen girl told a social worker that Shane Lawrence Cooper sexually assaulted her more than once but when she earlier told others they didn’t believe her or didn’t have time to listen to her.
Cooper, 29, of Superior, appeared in State District Court in Duluth on Monday accused of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and interference with an emergency call during the March 9 incident.
The mother of the alleged victim told police that she found a vial of synthetic marijuana and a glass pipe that she believed had been used by the defendant. She said his eyes were red and he was acting strangely.
Defense attorney Keith Shaw told Judge Sally Tarnowski that he had received the results of a pre-plea psycho-sexual evaluation of his client, but that St. Louis County prosecutor Nathaniel Stumme had not yet had time to discuss the results of the finding with the alleged victim’s family. Tarnowski told Shaw that the court had not yet seen the report, either.
Shaw asked that the hearing be continued to another day. Tarnowski granted the request.
According to the criminal complaint:
The girl’s mother told a Duluth police officer that her daughter told her she had been sexually assaulted by Cooper. She said she grabbed a telephone to call police immediately after the alleged assault, but Cooper grabbed the phone. She then took her daughter to school and reported the allegations to a school staff person. The girl was transported to the hospital.
A social worker interviewed the girl at First Witness Child Resource Center. The girl said that Cooper had sexually assaulted her more than once.
The defendant is being held in the Douglas County Jail. His next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 22.