Campbell enters guilty plea to reduced charge

Ray Maloney, Sports
Clint Campbell entered a guilty plea Wednesday in Northeast District Court.

A 65-year-old Lake Region resident  avoided a possible life sentence Wednesday to charges of continued sexual abuse of a child.

Clint Campbell entered a guilty plea before District Judge Lee Christofferson on a reduced charge of gross sexual imposition,  a Class A felony. Christofferson ordered a presentence investigation before determining Campbell's punishment.

He could face as much as 10 years in prison when he is sentenced. Sentencing is expected in October.

Campbell was originally charged in March on the Class AA felony, but entered his new plea after coming to an agreement with Ramsey County prosecutors, who are seeking a 10-year sentence with five years to be served and five years' probation. Campbell would then be required to register as a sex offender upon his release.

Prosecutors allege Campbell had sexual contact with the female for a period of nearly three years.

Campbell, in his allocution before Christofferson, disputed those claims and said the abuse began a short time prior to his arrest in March.

Christofferson ordered a recess during Wednesday's proceeding to allow Ramsey County Attorney Lonnie Olson, and Campbell's defense attorney, Rosenquist, to finalize some of the wording of the plea agreement.

The sticking point was whether Campbell, a retired border patrol agent, was admitting to sexual contact with the victim or engaging in a sexual act with the victim when she was less than 15 years of age.

As part of the presentence investigation ordered by Christofferson, Campbell must undergo a sexual offender treatment study to determine the likelihood he would not reoffend.