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kenneth-copeTwo Dassel men are charged after a report of a sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl who one met through social media, according to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received information from the Anoka County Sheriff’s office about the assaults. An investigation led to the search of a home on the 500 block of Maple Street in Dassel on April 22. Officers found drug-related items and about eight grams of methamphetamine, which they say are related to the alleged sexual assault.michael-rarer

Michael Rarer, 22, and Kenneth Cope, 48, both of Dassel were charged with first-degree criminal sexual assault. Rarer is charged with second-degree control substance crime and Cope is charged with providing alcohol to a minor.

According to the criminal complaint, Rarer met the 12-year-old girl at a shopping center in Coon Rapids and then drove her to his home in Dassel, where they started drinking with Cope on April 20. Rarer then brought the girl into his bedroom and had sex with her. He then left for work about 11 p.m.

The complaint states Cope and the girl continued to drink until he brought her into his bedroom and had sex with her and performed “oral sex” on the girl. The next morning Rarer returned from work and the victim reported to Rarer that Cope had sexually assaulted her. Rarer then gave a friend $20 to drive the girl to St. Cloud.

Rarer admitted to investigators he kissed the girl and she performed “oral sex” on him. He said he thought the girl was between 17 and 20 years old.

Cope told investigators Rarer brought home a girlfriend and they went to the liquor store to buy a case of beer and whiskey and started drinking. Cope said when Rarer left for work he kissed the girl and he had sex with her. Cope said the next morning Rarer made comments about how they both had sex with the girl. Cope also said he thought the girl was between 17 and 20.

Dassel is about 55 miles west of the Twin Cities.

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