Stillwater man charged with sexual conduct with 12-year-old girl had previous conviction

A 45-year-old Stillwater man has been charged with one felony count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a then 12-year-old girl.

On March 13, Stillwater Police Department received a report of an alleged sexual assault that occurred approximately two years ago. According to the criminal complaint, a Stillwater detective was advised that the suspect was Timothy Charles Dempze.

The detective noted in the criminal complaint that the police department is aware of Dempze, as Dempze was found guilty of first-degree sexual conduct on Sept. 25, 2014, in Washington County and sentenced on Dec. 19, 2014. The 2014 offense was investigated by the Stillwater Police Department. The victim in Dempze’s 2014 conviction was also a minor.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim stated that the incident occurred after Dempze was convicted for the previous incident. The detective wrote in the criminal complaint that he was able to determine that Dempze was convicted on Sept. 25, 2014, and was released pending sentencing.

According to the criminal complaint, Dempze was read his Miranda Rights by the detective and agreed to speak with him. Dempze stated that he is unaware of anything happening between him and the victim and suggested that maybe medication could cause him to not recall, the complaint says.

According to his criminal record, Dempze was sentenced to one year in the Washington County Jail and 20 years probation related the to 2014 conviction.

Dempze first appeared in court on the new charges March 16, 2017. He is scheduled to return to court April 24. Second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim under the age of 13 has a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and a fine of $35,000.