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Duluth man enters plea after soliciting teen

A Duluth man will spend a year on probation and 20 days in jail for asking a teen if she wanted to engage in a sex act. Kevin Mickel Korich, 31, pleaded no contest Friday in Douglas County Circuit Court to an amended misdemeanor of intentionally ...

A Duluth man will spend a year on probation and 20 days in jail for asking a teen if she wanted to engage in a sex act.

Kevin Mickel Korich, 31, pleaded no contest Friday in Douglas County Circuit Court to an amended misdemeanor of intentionally contributing to the delinquency of a child. The original charge had been a felony count of soliciting a child for prostitution.

Korich was granted Huber work release and ordered to pay fines and court costs totaling $379 as part of his sentence. He was also ordered to write an essay or apology letter on the impact to the victim, have no contact with her and undergo a chemical dependency evaluation and follow any recommendations.

Judge Kelly Thimm also imposed and stayed a six-month jail term. If Korich doesn't follow the terms of his probation, the Duluth man would have to serve that time.

According to the criminal complaint:

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Korich was driving by Superior High School at about 11:30 a.m. Sept. 30 when he stopped to ask the 17-year-old walking from the school to an adjacent parking lot where Jackson Street was. She told him she didn't know. He then asked if she wanted to make some money. She asked him how. He replied: "By having fun." She again asked how and Korich suggested a sex act. The teen said no and walked away. Korich told Superior police officers that he was just "messing around with her." He admitted asking if she wanted to have fun, but denied asking for the sex act.

In her victim impact statement, the teen wrote that she is now afraid to walk home alone or with a friend because she will always think there's going to be a creep following her.

"I would have never thought that in the town of Superior things like this would happen," she wrote.

In a separate case, Korich pleaded no contest to a second offense of operating a motor vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration. He was sentenced to 20 days jail with Huber work release granted, a $1,042 fine and 16-month driver's license revocation. An alcohol assessment was also ordered.

Charges of second offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, speeding and having open intoxicants in a motor vehicle were dismissed.

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