Jeremy Giefer's son found guilty of sexual assault
|A judge found Jonathan Giefer guilty of sexual misconduct in juvenile court.|
The incident occurred on March 31, 2012, when Jonathan took the victim, who was younger than 13, out riding on an ATV in Windom, Minn., and assaulted her in the woods, according to the Free Press.
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Jonathan is the son of Jeremy Giefer, a man whose own history of sexual misconduct stirred up controversy just a few years ago, and put then-Gov./presidential-hopeful Tim Pawlenty on the wrong side of headlines. In 1993, Jeremy Giefer, then 19 years old, pleaded guilty to statutory rape after getting his 14-year-old girlfriend pregnant, and served 45 days in jail. At the time, Giefer claimed that he was being targeted for continuing to date and support the young girl, who he eventually married.
Fifteen years later, Giefer requested a "pardon extraordinary," a pardon granted to someone who has already served the sentence for the crime they committed. Among the reasons he cited for wanting the pardon: His wife wanted to open a daycare center.
A board composed of Pawlenty, Attorney General Lori Swanson, and then-Chief Justice Eric Magnuson granted Giefer the pardon. A few years later, on Nov. 18, 2010, Giefer was charged with 11 counts of sexual misconduct for allegedly assaulting his daughter.
In December 2011, weeks before the trial was scheduled to begin, the witness recanted the allegations, and the charges were dismissed.
In the Free Press, Giefer claimed his son was being targeted because authorities couldn't make their case against him.