Sexual assault, counterfeiting cases in court

Journal Staff

A man who appeared in court to face a charge that he forcibly sexually assaulted an ex-girlfriend, and a couple who allegedly cashed thousands of dollars worth of bad business checks at Leever’s South are facing significant jail time if found guilty.

Eugene Lohnes, 39, appeared in Ramsey County District Court Monday on charges of gross sexual imposition and terrorizing, both felonies. He also faces misdemeanor domestic assault.

The complaint against Lohnes alleges that he entered a former girlfriend’s home during the early morning hours and physically and sexually assaulted her.

The complaint alleges that he forced sex on the victim, struck her, and threatened to kill her.

Lohnes requested a mental health assessment, which District Judge Donovan Foughty granted. His next court appearance on the charges is set for July 25, though Lohnes faces three separate A-level felony charges for delivery of a controlled substance.

Kullen Essen, 41, appeared in court to face felony forgery or counterfeiting and criminal attempt charges.

According to a complaint signed by Ramsey County State’s Attorney Kari Agotness, Essen is alleged to have created and printed business checks and cashed four of them at Leevers South. The total of the four checks is $2,162.16, according to the complaint.

Essen is charged with attempted forgery or counterfeiting for attempting to cash a check in the amount of $456.53.

Employees became suspicious of the transaction and contacted law enforcement, which allegedly prompted Essen to flee.

The suspect has a long criminal record, including felonies for theft, unauthorized use of a vehicle and burglary.

Krystyna Essen, Kullen Essen’s wife, is also up on felony forgery or counterfeiting charges. It is alleged that she cashed two fraudulent business checks at Leever South also. The total amount of the cashed checks is $1,412.32, according to the complaint.

Marlys Klemisch, 61, also appeared in district court Monday to face a felony charge that she issued bad checks in an amount exceeding $1,000.

The complaint against Klemisch alleges that she issued several checks around the region which were all either returned for insufficient funds or because the account was found to be closed.

Klemisch claimed during her appearance that she had an active account during the period when the bad checks were allegedly written, and indicated that her son may also have been involved.